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Costa Mesa Police Department
Wednesday May 14th, 2014 :: 02:51 p.m. PDT


Leaving Pets in Vehicles on Warm Days

With summer here early this year, the Police Department would like to remind everyone of the danger of leaving pets in vehicles on warm days.

Animals are not able to sweat like humans do - dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. If they have only overheated air to breathe, animals can collapse, suffer brain damage and possibly die of heatstroke. Just 15 minutes can be enough for an animal's body temperate to climb to a deadly level.

What can you do to prevent this?

- Leave your dog at home on warm days.

- On trips with your pet, bring plenty of fresh drinking water.

- Take the dog into the shade, an air conditioned area, or to the vet if you see signs of heat exhaustion.

California Penal Code section 597.7 states:
597.7. (a) No person shall leave or confine an animal in any
unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or
well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate
ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that
could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death
to the animal.

Please contact the Police Department immediately if you see a pet left unattended in a vehicle.

Costa Mesa Police Department
99 Fair Dr
Costa Mesa, CA 92626

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 714-754-5252

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