As the weather starts warming up and people get outside to be more active, You may see some pets left in hot cars which is a very bad thing! But know that it is illegal to bust open a window to help the animal.

According to the website aldf.org, New York state is one of nineteen states where it is only legal for public officials like law enforcement officers and animal control officers to break into a car to help an animal.

There are several things that you can do if you do see an animal locked in a hot car.

If you see an animal in distress, call 911.

Calling 911 is the first step to saving that animal’s life. Most states allow a public safety officer to break into the car and rescue an animal if its life is threatened.

 

Let people know it’s not okay to leave their pet unattended in a car.

When an animal dies in a hot car, most of their humans say they left them “just for a minute.” If you see someone leave their animal in a parked car, tell them that even if it’s a pleasant day outside, the temperature inside the car can skyrocket fast. Cracking a window doesn’t eliminate the risk of heatstroke or death.

 

Remember it doesn't take long for cars and other vehicles to reach a dangerous temperature in the Summertime.