FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WFFT)- Warm weather is right around the corner and while we may want to take our furry friends with us in the car when we're out and about, it may be best to keep them home.
So far, there have already been at least 3 calls to Fort Wayne Aanimal Care and Control about dogs left unattended inside a car on a warm day. Leaving your dog in a car for just a few minutes can be deadly, even if it's only 60 or 70 degrees outside. Partially open windows don't provide enough air for your dog. If you see an animal locked in a car, call Animal Care and Control.
"Are they pacing, are they panting heavily ? Are hey not responding when you're knocking on the glass or shouting to them? Those are all signs of extreme stress and it's important those officers know that when they dispatch an officers out," said Animal Care and Control Community Relations and Education Specialist Holly Pasquinelli.
Last year, the "Good Samaritan" hot car law went into effect. It allows a citizen to forcibly enter a car under certain conditions to rescue an animal inside. Owners can be charged.