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Scraps Extremely Busy Responding To Pets Left in Vehicles

OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE: SCRAPS Animal Protection Officers have been extremely busy today responding to numerous calls about pets left in vehicles. One of these calls was when a customer spotted two dogs in a vehicle in the Spokane Valley Costco parking lot and they called SCRAPS.

SCRAPS Animal Protection Officer Ashley Brown responded and when she arrived at the vehicle she could see two dogs lying in the hot vehicle clearly in distress. She proceeded to get the vehicle unlocked as the windows were slightly cracked and rescued the dogs. The temperature inside the car was 126 degrees. Officer Brown gave the dogs immediate first aid and rushed them to emergency veterinary care.


Even though it was a fairly mild Spokane summer day at 73 degrees, the temperature inside the vehicle was soaring. "Even warm weather presents an imminent danger to pets left in vehicles as the temperature in cars will rapidly increase and can overwhelm a pet in a very short time period as we saw today," said Nancy Hill, SCRAPS Director. "It is not sufficient in this weather to just crack the windows of a vehicle, everyone should leave their pets at home," she continued. The owner of the dogs has been charged with confinement in an unsafe manner. The dogs are recovering.


During the summer heat, warnings will not be given but citations for violations will. Anyone leaving a pet in a vehicle during warm weather may be charged with confinement in an unsafe manner which is a misdemeanor and may additionally be charged with animal cruelty which could result in felony charges. SCRAPS is asking anyone who sees an animal left in a vehicle should call SCRAPS (509) 477-2533 or SpokAnimal (509) 534-8133 immediately.

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