Dog dies after being left in hot car in Vacaville, owner arrested

VACAVILLE (KRON) — A dog died on Tuesday afternoon after being left in a hot car in Vacaville, according to police.

Officers were called to the area of the outlets at around 5 p.m. Authorities found a French bulldog in the hot car for an “extended period of time.”

The owner, who was shopping at the time, told police she parked the car in the shade and left the windows partially down.

Temperatures inside the car could have been over 120 degrees, police said.

“Parking near a tree and cracking a window is simply not enough,” police said on Facebook.

The owner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.

Today around 5pm, officers were in the area of the outlets, assisting Humane Animal Services with a sad call for service. While its owners shopped in nearby stores, a French bulldog unfortunately succumbed to the stress of being in a hot car for an extended period of time. The owner stated she’d parked the vehicle in the shade and left the windows partially down. Temperatures inside a vehicle can skyrocket to well over 120 degrees, in just 30 mins, when it is only 90 degrees, like today. Many of our days are far hotter than that! Parking near a tree and cracking a window is simply not enough. The owner was arrested and charged with animal cruelty.We’ve received a lot of questions about the recent passage of new laws regarding breaking windows on vehicles with animals inside. California citizens may now receive legal immunity in certain situations, but must comply with the following requirements:1. Determine the car is locked or there is no other reasonable method to remove the animal from the vehicle.2. Have a reasonable and good faith belief that the animal is in imminent danger if not immediately removed.3. Contact law enforcement prior to entering the vehicle.4. Use no more force than necessary to enter the vehicle.5. If the person does enter the vehicle, they must remain nearby with the animal in a safe location until law enforcement arrives. The person may not leave the scene.Naturally, certain protections also exist for individuals who rescue children suffering in hot cars, but they are never a free pass to break windows in all situations. If you see a child or animal suffering in a hot car, please call dispatch at (707) 449-5200 and provide specific information, such as the location, vehicle description and license plate.We would like to hope that we never get those kinds of calls, but sadly, every summer we do, and today, one dog paid the ultimate price for its owner’s negligence. Please, please, PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE YOUR CHILD OR PET UNATTENDED IN YOUR CAR.For more information on the law please see the following link:

Posted by Vacaville Police Department on Tuesday, June 6, 2017

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