Sunday, July 22, 2007

Fines for leaving pets in vehicles

Orange County Animal Services is cracking down on pet owners who leave animals unattended in a vehicle. Many people don't realize that pets left in cars can succumb to heatstroke and suffocation in only minutes. "Orange County Code Sec 5-43 states it is against the law to leave a dog, cat, or other animal unattended in a parked vehicle with inadequate or no ventilation. The owner or keeper can face a civil fine for neglect of $257.00 in addition to criminal charges filed by law enforcement."

16 comments:

James said...

Law seems vague in that it does not define "Adequate ventilation"

And what about RV's that have A/C? - Yeah, I know, that's nit-picking, but some cops will use such defects in a law to justify stupid citations for the sole purpose of building their activity log (agan, yeah, I know, they don't HAVE "quotas" but it ammounts to the same thing.)

Dominic said...

I agree with James. Many trucks, buses, and RV's have fully-functioning A/Cs and ventilation, which justly house pets.

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Jay said...

law seems very clear when it uses the word vehicle that refers to all so yes rv's are covered as with any vehicle.. its also very clear that the car must be properly and adequately ventilated. no an air conditionor is not a ventilator plane and simple. so for all those who feel thats ok its not.. if you must bring your pet with you when you go are you are required to ventilate the car and the only way you can do that is with windows open. no you can not have your car running with the a/c running. thats not ventilation and you run the risk of carbon menoxide posioning if god forbid something happens with the vehicle. you can read from cdc.gov to get some education on carbon monoxide poisoning and death pertaining to cars. oh not to mention its just plane common sense not to leave your pet alone in a car.

Doreen said...

It is best not to bring your pet at all if you will just be planning to leave it in your vehicle. The law is there to protect them from their owner's carelessness and irresponsibility.

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Ben Miller said...

Jay is an idiot. If A/C is not adequate ventilation, then no home is adequately ventilated either.

Chris Smith said...

if you have driven a car before you would know that you could use 2 different settings for ac control. You can either use recycled air or you can open the vent to the outside for it to be ventilated. Hhhmmm. What a thought. And carbon monoxide poisoning while in a running car would only happen if you were in an enclosed area. Not an open parking lot! Think about it!!

Fur Family Favorites said...

We own an RV with a generator to power the a/c when not in motion, strictly for the purpose of being able to take our pets with us on the road without risk..

Praveen said...

I've got a tesla model S, so it's all electric and I can remotely monitor the cars temp. So even that is illegal? Zero chance of carbon monoxide and I could even crack open the sun roof to make it more "ventilated". Law should keep up with the times.

erik kull said...

So no one who owns a dog can go camping? I have a 2008 32 foot winnebago. It's more comfortable than most people's homes. I sleep in the motorhome for days on end. But it's illegal to leave my dog in there while I go to the store for supplies? That's ridiculous.

erik kull said...

I agree

David Friedman said...

I live in South Florida and my Father lives almost 5 hours away. I now can not take my dogs with me to visit my Father due to the fact if I need to use a bathroom I can not leave them in the car. I usually travel the turnpike and many many people have their dogs with them. I can understand the car does get extremely hot, and I would never put my dogs in danger, but this law is over the top. Yet I guess I can travel and have my dogs in a pick up truck as long as they are secured and can not get out.

Unknown said...

Does anyone that has made a comment have any brain cells? Everyone of you know exactly what they are saying......as in "TODAY" i was in the winn dixie parking lot, some lady drives up in a nissan suv type vehicle.....has a little terrier type dog in the vehicle......she shuts the car off.......rolls the windows up leaves the two front open maybeeeeeeeee not even a quarter of an inch and goes in winn dixie.......in florida right now the temps are running in the 100's for the last month now.......THATS WHAT THAT LAW PERTAINS TO.........so the dum crap about rv's. i dont think anyone is gonna report a dog or cat in an rv that has proper ventalition or ac........and dude that cant visit his dad guess maybe you should not drink so much water or find a way to properly ventilate your vehicle huh. and YES!!! i would report you ass for leaving them in that type of danger.......i reported the lady today......ooopppss her bad maybe she should learn to care for her extended family .......you idiots would you leave your child in a car unattended? .......... OH but wait they count because they are bi peds.......you do realize and go look it up please YOU ARE AN ANIMAL ALSO i think they are called homosapiens?........but in my opinion ANY piece of crap that leaves a poor defenseless cat or dog, etc in a closed up car with no type of proper ventilation........is WAY less than what that dog or cat is..........grow up and face the responsibility of your extended family or give that defenseless quad ped ANIMAL to someone who cares you people SUCK

Al Caplan said...

It's a violation of state law to leave a parked and unattended vehicle with the engine running. This applies to RVs.

Missy Shellnut said...

I think it is crazy, I personally.. Would rather them be in the Air condioner. I understand don't stay in a place for hours. So if people want to turn people in for keeping there pets cool.. Then they are down right stupid.. And don't love there animals like family. I set in my car all the time waiting for people with it running. Are they going to give me a ticket or put me in jail.

Unknown said...

I just moved here from Wisconsin. My coon hound is having MAJOR SEPARATION ANXIETY, hes jumped through a glass window, he ate through the wall, he has torn off the molding. I dont have a kennel yet, ive called the vet for meds, i need to get groceries, take care of my mom and dad, so sometimes i MUST take him with so he doesnt destroy everything or makes it out of the house/yard and gets list or hit by a car. Adequate ventilation. ..i leave the sun roof open, not all the wat bc he can jump out, i leave all the windows open down at least 3", and i do what i need to as fast as possible. I park under trees and would NEVER take him if it were warmer than 75. When i return to the car, hes not panting, hes been 'relaxed' in the car...i hate it...pets should not be in vehicles. I never expected this behavior so there was no way to plan for it. So hopefully some doogy sedative will help.

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