You Cannot Leave Your Pet Alone in the Car

Just like leaving your young child alone in a hot car is illegal in California, so is leaving your unattended pet in a hot car. By doing this, the pet is subjected to health and safety risks that include the following:

• The sweltering heat outside and inside the vehicle.
• Inadequate ventilation.
• Inadequate access to food or water.

Think about what animal cruelty and animal endangerment means. A person who puts their pet at risk by leaving them unattended in a vehicle without properly examining the situation could face a maximum $100 fine, assuming the pet did not suffer great bodily injury. However, if the pet does suffer an injury, the owner faces a misdemeanor charge that is punishable with a $500 fine and up to 6 months in jail.

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