New Bill Would Punish Owners Who Leave Pets In Cars

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(Sacramento, CA)
Monday, August 14, 2006
Democratic Senator Liz Figueroa of Fremont authored the bill:
It makes it illegal to leave a pet unattended in a vehicle under conditions such as extreme heat.
The bill would make California the ninth state in the country to set up laws regarding leaving pets in cars.  But California’s law is one of the strictest.  It calls for fines up to 500 dollars and jail time of up to 6 months if the pet dies while in a car.
In addition, the bill also gives animal control officers the right to break into a car to rescue an animal.  In Sacramento, animal control officers already have that power, but in many counties they do not.
The California Animal Control Directors Association reports receiving thousands of calls each year of animals locked in stifling cars.