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  • Phone: 970-328-3647
    Fax: 970-328-2442

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    P.O. Box 57
    1400 Fairgrounds Road
    Eagle, Colorado 81631

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Pets in hot cars

Contact: Animal Services at 970-328-3647 or

July 27, 2016 - Every summer, Animal Services receives numerous calls of pets, usually dogs, left in hot cars. Parked cars are deathtraps for pets. 14 states have statutes that specifically prohibit leaving an animal in a confined vehicle. So far Colorado is not one of them, making it even more important that we all notice and take steps to assist an animal in a dangerous situation.

A 40 degree increase between inside the car and the outside temperature is possible on a hot day. Cracking the windows doesn't help. Pets can experience heatstroke and die in as little as 15 minutes at those temperatures. As with children, do not leave pets unattended in your car in warm weather. They're completely reliant on your wise choices.

If you see a dog or cat in a parked car, you can do the following:

  • If you know or see the pet's owner, a friendly conversation will alert the owner to the dangers of leaving their pet in the car.
  • Usually though, the car is in a parking lot and the dog is alone. In this case, speak with a store manager. Store managers tend to be very helpful in locating the owner or calling for assistance. They do not want a tragedy happening in their parking lot.
  • Call Animal Services at 970-328-3647 or the police for assistance immediately. Some animals still die from heatstroke, even when patrol officers are called. Animal Service response time can be 30 minutes or more depending on officer availability and location. Minutes count. All after hours concerns should be directed to police. Vail Dispatch can be reached at 970-479-2201.