Farmington police: five calls in two weeks for pets left in hot car

Created: 07/18/2014 4:58 PM
By: Devin Neeley, KOB Eyewitness News 4

As we are all sweating the dog-days of summer, high temperatures can be rough on our four legged friends, especially if they have been locked in a hot car.

“It’s just abuse plain and simple,” said Cheri Whitney of Farmington.

Cassi Newlun, was equally plain, “it’s just like a baby, you wouldn't leave your baby in a hot car.”

Already this summer we have heard about too many cases of children being left in hot cars, but what about pets?

“A citation will be issued and with that citation it carries a $100 fine,” said Georgette Allen of the Farmington Police Department. Allen said they have had five calls in two weeks for pets being left in a hot car.

“By all means if you feel like that animal is in distress in the car and its hot outside, you can call 911.”

In a demonstration performed by KOB Eyewitness News Four, a car parked in the sun for just minutes registered temperatures topping 150 degrees, when read by an infrared thermometer.

“Well it will kill them, it gets too hot it'll get twice as hot as it is outside and they will die,” exclaimed Whitney.

But to what length would you go to save a dog from a hot car??

Both Newlun and Whitney agreed that they would consider breaking the window out in a vehicle if they thought a dog was in distress.

The bottom line is the heat of a car in the summer is too much.

“Don't you realize you could kill your baby or your dog?” asked Whitney.

There are similar laws on the books in Albuquerque, leaving a dog in a hot car is considered cruelty and carries stiff fines and jail time, all the way up to a 4th degree felony.

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