How To Help Dogs In Hot Cars

Courtesy of Rescue Well


With warm weather upon us, please be advised on what to do if you see a pet in a hot car.

If the pet is IN DISTRESS:

  • Try to locate the owner inside surrounding businesses. Ask for the store manager and explain the situation. Most have loudspeakers and can announce a tag number.
  • If you cannot locate the owner, call 911 or your local animal control.

Dogs in hot cars

Under Maryland law: "A person may not leave a cat or dog unattended in a standing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the cat or dog."

Humane workers, police, fire, and emergency personnel may break into a car to save an animal in danger.

Please know that if you decide to break into the car yourself, you may face consequences for your actions, including but not limited to: damage, destruction of property and/or breaking and entering.

Please also note that many people leave pets in cars with the A/C running. The pet needs to be in distress in order for authorized persons to break the window.