Jul 212017
 
Ramifications Of Leaving A Pet In A Hot Car

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CITY ATTORNEY MIKE FEUER SPOTLIGHTS AVOIDABLE TRAGEDY OF PETS DYING IN HOT PARKED CARS

Joins with L.A. Animal Services to Detail Legal Ramifications Including Animal Cruelty Charges and Jail for Offenders

Asks Residents to Report When Animals are Unattended In Vehicles This Summer

 

To spotlight the potential double tragedy of having a pet die in a hot parked car and then having its guardian charged with animal cruelty, City Attorney Mike Feuer appeared with L.A. Animal Services General Manager Brenda Barnette to urge people not to leave their pets in parked cars, detail what steps people should take if they see a pet in danger in a parked car and discuss the legal ramifications, which could include jail time for an animal’s guardian.

“We’re here today to prevent the needless tragedy of a beloved pet suffering or dying because its guardian thoughtlessly leaves their companion animal in a hot, parked car. The facts are so clear: It takes just 15 minutes for an animal to suffer brain damage when temperatures soar on a hot summer day in a parked vehicle. Cracking a window open doesn’t do nearly enough to cool your car down sufficiently,” said Feuer. “This isn’t only a health and safety issue for your pet, it’s a legal issue, too. Leaving your companion animal in a parked car in the heat of the day is against the law, and can lead to serious animal cruelty charges, fines, even jail.”

“It is up to us to make the safe decision when our furry friends. If you are not going to be able to take your dogs in with you every time you get out of the car, make the safe choice and leave him at home,” said Brenda Barnette. “A quick stop may feel like no time at all to you, but it’s too long to leave your pet in a vehicle unattended on a warm summer day. When it’s hot outside, even with the windows open, a parked car can become an oven in minutes, and endanger the life of your pet.”

“Leaving a pet in a locked car is stupid or deliberately cruel, or both,” said Bob Barker, iconic game show host and animal rights activist.

Since January, people are legally allowed to break into a parked car in order to remove an animal that appears to be in danger only after calling 911 or Animal Services (213) 486-0450 first. If the dog’s guardian is found guilty of such animal cruelty, California Penal Code section 597.7 provides a tiered punishment system with a fine and infraction conviction for a first time offender with no great bodily injury to the dog, and more serious misdemeanor punishment and possible jail time for repeat offenders or first timers where there is great bodily injury involved.

The East Valley Animal Shelter, one of six managed by L.A. Animal Services, invites you to consider adopting some of the wonderful dogs and cats. You can search online to find your perfect new addition or stop by in person Tuesday – Saturday, 8am – 5pm, or Sunday, 11am – 5pm.

 

 

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Break their windows!

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I'm not kidding, it's legal. If you see a pet trapped in a hot vehicle don't hesitate to break a window to save a dog's life. The least the moron who locked his or her dog in a boiling car can do is pay to replace the damn window.
Sep 062016
 

Love of a preowned pet

A word on pet adoption: everybody loves a puppy or a kitten which is why baby pets get adopted first. But the pets that NEED to be adopted – whose lives literally depend on being adopted! – are adult. Many people are hesitant and even intimidated by the prospect of adopting a grown up, preowned pet.

As I said elsewhere, I’m a dog person, I love dogs and had dogs all my life. All my dogs came to me as puppies, but one.

The one who came to me preowned had a painful past and yes, he was a pet with special needs (a kidney condition) which made for an initially difficult relationship. (We were two adults with life’s baggage who had to develop a relationship based on mutual respect and understanding, it wasn’t a smooth road.)

It took some time for the relationship to become cordial and gradually, friendly. But once it did… the rewards of our friendship were more precious than any I have known before. We shared the same values; the dog was much better judge of characters than I ever was; he not only understood commands but knew what I’m thinking…. His medical problems were costly and very stressful. Still, ours was a once in a lifetime relationship. We’ve been together for 19 wonderful years.

I don’t have a dog, right now. The preowned pet dog I adopted left a scar on my heart that didn’t heal, yet. I still miss him and I’m not ready for another dog.

I share my story to let you know that adopting a grown pet with a history could be one of the most rewarding experiences of your life. After all, unless you’re a kid, you have “baggage”, too. Guess what, it takes someone who has history of his or her own to accept and understand yours.

Preowned pets require sensitivity, understanding, compassion, a loving and loyal friend / household, even more so than baby animals. They were betrayed before, this time each of them needs someone who won’t let them down. They won’t let you down, ever.

Anything L.A. Magazine’s Editor / E. Elrich

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