Summer is a wonderful time of year but along with hot summer temperatures comes a life threat to dogs left unattended in vehicles.  Most people are aware of the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car and how quickly they can be overcome by the heat but there are always those who are ignorant of the dangers and leave their pet in their vehicle while they're shopping or at an appointment.

For those of us who notice a dog in this situation and want to help, here's something you should know...New York State law says it's illegal to break someone's vehicle window to rescue a dog in those circumstances.  You can not directly intervene but here's what you CAN do:

  • Call the police to alert them of the situation
  • Call a local animal shelter to ask for help

Be on the look out for vulnerable pets in hot vehicles so we can help our furry friends who can't help themselves!