Boulder Police Ticket For Animals Left in Car

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

With temperatures approaching triple digits Boulder authorities want to make sure people don't leave their pets in cars, risking their deaths.

Police have begun ticketing cars they found with animals left alone inside.

Last month, 54 incidents were reported and one dog died.

On Saturday they responded to three calls, including a car whose temperature gauge indicated it was 109 degrees inside.

Janee Teague, supervisor of Boulder Animal Care and Control, says if you must leave your pets in the car, crack the windows, give them water, park in the shade and leave for no more than five minutes.

Car owners also risk officers forcing open a vehicle if necessary to save an animal.


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  • by terry Location: colorado springs, colorado on Aug 15, 2007 at 08:10 PM
    I think it is great, I also think the fines should be on the high side, maybe this will deter ppl from leaving pets in vehs unattended
  • by Debbie Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 15, 2007 at 10:38 AM
    Why leave an animal in the car in the first place? I think it's selfish to do this just because the owner wants companionship on the way to the store!!! Are we that lonely?
  • by Troy Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 15, 2007 at 06:32 AM
    Just like how I think some people should not be allowed to breed and have kids, some shouldn't even be allowed to have a pet.
  • by Trudi Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 14, 2007 at 10:28 PM
    I agree with Jim. More than one factor goes into whether it's too hot or cold or not--like how long the dog's been in the car. My sister left her beloved and spoiled poodle in her Cadillac for just a moment while she ran into the dry cleaners in San Fransisco and, as with Jim, some do-gooder called the ASPCA. As for me, I'd be afraid to take my little dogs anywhere if I thought I'd be issued a ticket.
  • by crystal Location: ks on Aug 14, 2007 at 06:11 PM
    i think it's a good idea to ticket any one i dont care what the temp is because i see too many animals in peoples cars while their in the mall, grocery shopping, or eating out. Why even bring your dog? leave the animal at home. I think it's even stupid to be driving with your dog on your lap or running around the car we need to ticket for that too.
  • by Sarah Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 14, 2007 at 08:36 AM
    I think giving a ticket to animals being left in cars is a GREAT thing! Its much worse for them because they have fur. Its like they are wearing a fur coat in 100 degree weather. Would you leave your child in the car in 100 degree weather? I dont think so.
  • by Jim Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 14, 2007 at 08:34 AM
    The problem with this is there are no definitions of what is too hot. I hve left my dog in the shade, with water, windows more than cracked and the temp was between 65 and 70 in the sun. Some do gooder, complained. If the rules are defined and they are broken then ticket the owner.
  • by Ana Belen Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 13, 2007 at 06:22 PM
    I believe is should not matter on what season it is but how hot it can become to leave an animal in a car. One year I was in Arizona in October and someone left their dog in the car and went into the mall, it was over 100 degrees outside of the car, we called the cops and they told us that is does not matter because it was the fall and they hung up on us. It all should matter on the temperature and it is not safe either when it is super cold too!
  • by Chris Location: Colorado Springs on Aug 12, 2007 at 03:29 PM
    This is a good thing. Now we have to work on not letting people let their dogs ride in the back of an open pickup.
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