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Can You Break a Window to Save a Dog in a Hot Car?

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

Laws Vary by State

(COTATI, CA)–As summer approaches and temperatures rise, the danger of dogs dying because negligent owners left them in a hot car grows as well.

Even on a day when it’s 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can hit 90 degrees in just 10 minutes. On a hot day, the temperature inside a closed car can shoot as high as 116 degrees in the same amount of time.

What can you do, within your legal rights, if you see an animal in distress in a locked car? The Animal Legal Defense Fund, the nation’s preeminent legal advocacy organization for animals, has some tips.

1) If you see an animal in distress, call 911.

Calling 911 is the first step to saving that animal’s life. Most states allow a public safety officer to break into the car and rescue an animal if its life is threatened.

2) Know your state laws.

Although 29 states have some form of “hot car” law that prohibits leaving a companion animal unattended in a parked vehicle, the laws differ drastically from place to place:

· Only eight states — California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio and Tennessee — have “Good Samaritan” laws that allow any person to break a car window to save a pet. Alabama and Arizona have bills pending.

· In six of those states — California, Florida, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee and Wisconsin — “Good Samaritans” must first contact law enforcement before breaking into the car in order for their actions to be considered legal.

· In 19 states, only public officials such as law enforcement and humane officers can legally break into a car to rescue an animal (Arizona, California, Delaware, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, Virginia and Washington).

· In New Jersey and West Virginia, although it is illegal to confine an animal in a hot car, no one has the authority to break into a vehicle to save the animal, not even law enforcement.

3) Let people know it’s not okay to leave their pet unattended in a car.

When an animal dies in a hot car, most of their humans say they left them “just for a minute.” If you see someone leave their animal in a parked car, tell them that even if it’s a pleasant day outside, the temperature inside the car can skyrocket fast. Cracking a window doesn’t eliminate the risk of heatstroke or death.

4) Get the message out with the Animal Legal Defense Fund sunshade

The Animal Legal Defense Fund has created sunshades that remind pet owners of the risks of leaving animals unattended in a car. The sunshades feature the message, “Warning: Don’t leave dogs in hot cars,” in lettering large enough to be readable from across a parking lot. It also urges people to call 911 if they find animals locked in a car and in distress. The sunshades are available at and all proceeds benefit the Animal Legal Defense Fund.

For more information on keeping dogs safe this summer visit

Stay and Canoe in Mendocino

Sunday, May 28th, 2017

canoeWhen your dog is smiling in his sleep, he’s dreaming of canoeing on Mendocino County’s Big River, the wind streaming in his ears, seals and otters playing alongside.
The Little River Inn on the Northern California Coast is about to make your dog’s dreams come true. From June through Halloween, lucky pups and their parents can take advantage of the River Dog Package — two nights at the ocean-view Victorian inn, a trip on the river in a purpose-built super stable craft that accommodates the whole family (Fido included), delicious dining, complementary dog treats, and more.

The package includes:

· Two nights in an Ocean-view Fireplace room with the pet fee waived

· 3-hours of fun on the Big River in a boat that has been specially engineered for dog-friendly voyages

· $100 voucher toward dinner – dogs are welcome in the inn’s elegant parlor or to indulge in cozy in-room dining and belly rubs by the fire.

· The inn’s famous doggie welcome kit, including treats, a towel, and a guide to how to best enjoy Mendocino with your pet

How do Puppies beat the heat?

Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015

How do puppies beat the heat?