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."

10 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