RSPD: Leaving a Pet in a Hot Vehicle Could Be Charged As Animal Cruelty


ROCK SPRINGS — The Rock Springs Police Department has had an increase in calls of pets being left in vehicles.

Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death, even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to you.

Leaving the windows open does little to affect these high temperatures.

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Not only is it cruel to leave your pets in a hot vehicle, it could also be considered Cruelty to Animals.

In accordance with City of Rock Springs Ordinance 3-532(c) it states every person owning an animal shall provide it with necessary protection from extreme weather, medical attention, treatment to prevent suffering, food, water, and care. Failure to do so shall be unlawful.

A conviction is punishable of a fine not to exceed $750.00 and/or imprisonment for a period of not more than 30 days.

Animals in cars with a temperature over 107 degrees is classified as cruelty to animals and is subject to the fines listed above.

Is there a safe temperature to leave a dog alone inside a parked car? Not really. It’s best to leave your pet at home where you know he’s safe.

If you do need to take your dog along, use common sense and pay close attention to outside temperatures and how long he’s been in the car.