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It is a CRIME to leave a pet unattended in a vehicle.  If you see this, call 911 and stay at the scene until the police get there.  If the animal is in serious danger, get witnesses and get the animal out of the vehicle yourself.  PLEASE educate yourself on the law and DO SOMETHING if you see a life is in need.  These are our communities and it’s up to US to hold other members of society accountable for abusive and negligent behavior.

CALIFORNIA PENAL CODE SECTION 597.7, ENACTED BY SB 1806 (2006)

(a) No person shall leave or confine an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, or lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.

(b) Unless the animal suffers great bodily injury, a first conviction for violation of this section is punishable by a fine not exceeding one hundred dollars ($100) per animal. If the animal suffers great bodily injury, a violation of this section is punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred dollars ($500), imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both a fine and imprisonment. Any subsequent violation of this section, regardless of injury to the animal, is also punishable by a fine not exceeding five hundred
dollars ($500), imprisonment in a county jail not exceeding six months, or by both a fine and imprisonment.

(c) (1) Nothing in this section shall prevent a peace officer, humane officer, or an animal control officer from removing an animal from a motor vehicle if the animal’s safety appears to be in immediate danger from heat, cold, lack of adequate ventilation, lack of food or water, or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.

(c) (2) A peace officer, humane officer, or animal control officer who removes an
animal from a motor vehicle shall take it to an animal shelter or other place of
safekeeping or, if the officer deems necessary, to a veterinary hospital for treatment.

(c) (3) A peace officer, humane officer, or animal control officer is authorized to
take all steps that are reasonably necessary for the removal of an animal from a motor vehicle, including, but not limited to, breaking into the motor vehicle, after a reasonable effort to locate the owner or other person responsible.

(c) (4) A peace officer, humane officer, or animal control officer who removes an
animal from a motor vehicle shall, in a secure and conspicuous location on or within the motor vehicle, leave written notice bearing his or her name and office, and the address of the location where the animal can be claimed. The animal may be claimed by the owner only after payment of all charges that have accrued for the maintenance, care, medical treatment, or impoundment of the animal.

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