In Australia, leaving a dog in a hot car can leave owner in jail

Written by on June 25, 2014 in Law

From the RSPCA (New South Wales, Australia) comes the JustSixMinutes campaign:

JustSixMinutes page

Excerpt (emphasis added):

DOGS DIE IN HOT CARS: Do not leave your dog in a vehicle. Pets can overheat even when the windows are down or the car is in the shade. […]

Causing animals to suffer in any way is a criminal offence. If your dog suffers as a result of being left in a car, you can be fined $5,500 and can spend six months in jail. If your dog dies as a result of being left in a car, charges include $22,500 in fines and two years in jail.

Helpful RSPCA fact sheet concerning what to do if you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke:

Dogs Die In Hot Cars Fact Sheet


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About the Author

About the Author: My name is Jon Sutz. I am a dog-loving multimedia graphic designer, writer and creative consultant, in Charlottesville, VA (bio). But the most important, joyous job I've ever had, was as "dad" to Shayna, the miracle dog who helped to save my life after 9/11, and about whom I wrote my first book, "Saved By Shayna: Life Lessons From A Miracle Dog." Learn more about Shayna at her website. In tribute to Shayna, I developed to help raise awareness of the dangers of leaving one's dog in a hot car. .


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