By Scott Marks, Attorney & David Wolf, Attorney Published by Child Injury Lawyer Network
Leaving a child or a pet in a hot car can be very dangerous and even deadly. In warm weather States as well as other States during the summer months, the heat index can be quite high. It is well known (but not to everybody) that the heat index is even higher in a closed vehicle with the air conditioner and vehicle turned off. Just a few minutes in a hot vehicle can lead to serious health problems and even death. This is especially true for the elderly, young, and, yes, even pets. In Folsom, California, it was reported that a puppy named Gizmo – a six month old Pomeranian / Shih Tzy mix, died as a result of being left in a hot vehicle. It was reported that there was no water in the vehicle and the windows were cracked open about 2 inches down. The owner of the dog was arrested on California criminal charges of felony animal cruelty. Of course, the owner will be entitled to representation from a California criminal defense lawyer or the services of the public defender’s office. It is certainly a tragedy when a pet dies as a result of a preventable incident. This story highlights the dangers of leaving a pet or small child in a vehicle unattended especially in the middle of the Summer in California or any other location in which the temperature outside is warm / hot and even hotter inside the vehicle. For more information regarding this story, See Puppy Dies in Hot Car in California – Dog Owner Arrested.