State law may not say “don’t leave your pet in a hot car.” Still, that doesn’t mean you can get away with it. Wrightsville Beach Police Office Shannon Slocum said leaving your pet in a car on a hot day meets the standards for animal cruelty. He’s never lost a case when charging someone with the misdemeanor after removing their dog from a hot car. On a hot day a parked car feels like an oven and opening a window doesn’t provide any significant relief. Slocum advises anyone traveling with a pet during the summer to call their destination ahead and make sure animals are allowed. At Wrightsville Beach, officers will look for an owner only briefly before breaking a window and removing a pet from a hot car. If that happens, the owner is charged with animal cruelty, which requires a court appearance.
Date posted: July 1, 2009
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