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Ask HPD: Pet in an Unattended Car


Question: What are the consequences for leaving a pet in an unattended car? What can witnesses do to help the animal?

Answer: Every situation is different. If you are concerned about an unattended pet in a vehicle, you can call 911 and the responding officer will make an assessment. It's against state law for an animal to be carried in a vehicle in a cruel or inhumane manner. This can be considered Cruelty to Animals. Violators can be subject to arrest.