It’s not often that the Pacific Northwest reaches extreme temperatures during the summer. So when the heat kicks in, it is critical to be aware of overheating not only for yourself, but also for your pets. If your dog is used to traveling with you wherever you go, it may be a good idea to leave your companion in a cool area at home during high heat time. It can take minutes for the inside of your vehicle to overheat, even with the window open.
If you happen to notice an animal in a vehicle that appears to be in immediate danger, you should dial 911.
The agency responsible for enforcing laws to protect dogs in hot cars is the local animal control. Officers have the right to remove an animal who is in immediate danger. For some localities, especially more rural areas or small cities, the police or sheriff’s department take care of animal control services instead of a separate department. View a list of local animal control phone numbers on our website.