In Utah, leaving a dog in hot car may be felony

Written by on June 25, 2014 in In The News, Law

Authorities remind Utahns: dogs and hot cars don’t mix

By Pamela Manson, The Salt Lake Tribune, June 23, 2014. Excerpts (emphasis added):

Within minutes, the temperature can top 100 degrees in a parked car, even one in the shade with the windows cracked. That can lead to heat stroke, brain damage or death for the animal — and a possible charge of cruelty to animals for the owner.

Wasatch Front officials say they receive daily calls about animals left in cars, which almost always involve dogs. Some incidents result in a misdemeanor citation for animal cruelty that can cost up to $150; under some circumstances, a case could be prosecuted as a felony.

Davis County Animal Care and Control also has started receiving the usual summertime calls about dogs in hot vehicles. In 2013, it received more than 150 cruelty calls, most of them concerning a pet left in a vehicle, from June 1 through Aug. 31 last year, according to Lead Animal Control Officer Rod Logan.

“You would think this is a no-brainer situation,” Logan said. “But it happens two or three times a day here in Davis County.”

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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 HeatKills.org to help raise awareness of the dangers of leaving one's dog in a hot car. .

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