When temperatures reach the upper 90s, as they are expected to this week, it takes only a matter of minutes for your car to reach in excess of 140 degrees. Leaving the windows cracked and or parking your car in the shade will not keep the interior car temperature safe for pets.
Leaving a pet in a vehicle is punishable under city ordinance 5-56. Penalties range from the pet being confiscated, fines and or jail time.
If you see an animal in a hot car please contact animal control or the police.ã??
Animal Control Supervisor
Officer Stephanie Drouin
Columbia Police Department