Look Before You Lock, Don't Leave Pets in Hot Cars - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Look Before You Lock, Don't Leave Pets in Hot Cars

Posted: Updated:
Look before you lock. It's no surprise that summer is here and with temperatures in the 90's and the triple digits this week - think twice before you leave your pet in the car. Look before you lock. It's no surprise that summer is here and with temperatures in the 90's and the triple digits this week - think twice before you leave your pet in the car.
 NBCRightNow.com - Look before you lock. It's no surprise that summer is here and with temperatures in the 90's and the triple digits this week - think twice before you leave your pet in the car. 

NBC Right Now spoke with a Kennewick Police officer who tells us that even cracking your window isn't good enough in these hot temperatures.

Police say if you see an animal in a car in distress, call 9-1-1 and explain to the dispatcher the animal's conditions.

We're told officers respond to these calls all the time when temperatures are above 70 degrees. 

"People think they can crack the windows and leave the animal in there. Again if it's over 70 degrees, but when we're looking at, you know triple digit degrees like we're having for the next week in the forecast, that even raises the danger level for the animal because people think they can leave a little bit of water, the window cracked and that animals going to be fine, but quite often that animal can become stressed in a lot of ways," Officer Dan Todd explained to NBC Right Now. 

If you are caught leaving your pet in a hot car, you can face some legal trouble. 

City police, county deputies and animal control can all issue animal endangerment or animal cruelty citations. Those charges are a gross misdemeanor, which means up to a year in jail and a five thousand dollar fine. 
HD DOPPLER 6i
/
  • Regional NewsMore>>

  • Driver airlifted from scene of motorhome rollover near Moses Lake; DUI investigation underway

    Driver airlifted from scene of motorhome rollover near Moses Lake; DUI investigation underway

    Monday, May 29 2017 4:47 PM EDT2017-05-29 20:47:15 GMT

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A serious crash is blocking lanes of I-90 near Moses Lake. Details are very limited at this time, but WSDOT confirms one lane in each direction on I-90 near milepost 173 is closed while crews investigate the crash. Viewer video sent to KHQ shows a large motorhome flipped over in the median. 

    >>

    MOSES LAKE, Wash. - A serious crash is blocking lanes of I-90 near Moses Lake. Details are very limited at this time, but WSDOT confirms one lane in each direction on I-90 near milepost 173 is closed while crews investigate the crash. Viewer video sent to KHQ shows a large motorhome flipped over in the median. 

    >>
  • Survey finds magic mushrooms are the ‘safest’ illegal drug

    Survey finds magic mushrooms are the ‘safest’ illegal drug

    Friday, May 26 2017 6:08 PM EDT2017-05-26 22:08:04 GMT

    KHQ.COM - A new survey found magic mushrooms are the "safest" illegal drug to take.  The Global Drugs Survey 2017 released earlier this week found that only 0.2 percent of those who took magic mushrooms in the last year needed emergency medical treatment, concluding mushrooms to have statistical lower risk of harm compared to other substances. 

    >>

    KHQ.COM - A new survey found magic mushrooms are the "safest" illegal drug to take.  The Global Drugs Survey 2017 released earlier this week found that only 0.2 percent of those who took magic mushrooms in the last year needed emergency medical treatment, concluding mushrooms to have statistical lower risk of harm compared to other substances. 

    >>
  • Zillow's real estate 'Zestimates' under fire

    Zillow's real estate 'Zestimates' under fire

    Friday, May 26 2017 5:08 PM EDT2017-05-26 21:08:29 GMT

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're selling a home, it's probably something you check. If you own a home, you might just check it out of curiosity. And if you're buying a home, you're definitely going to check it out. We're talking about the home's "Zestimate." The Zestimate is a home's value based on real estate website Zillow's estimation. 

    >>

    SPOKANE, Wash. - If you're selling a home, it's probably something you check. If you own a home, you might just check it out of curiosity. And if you're buying a home, you're definitely going to check it out. We're talking about the home's "Zestimate." The Zestimate is a home's value based on real estate website Zillow's estimation. 

    >>