WAMU 88.5 : News

Hot Weather Means More Work For Animal Control Officers

Play associated audio
Police in Montgomery County will see an increase in calls for animals left in cars in parking lots.
Matt Bush
Police in Montgomery County will see an increase in calls for animals left in cars in parking lots.

Paul Hibler is with the Animal Services Division of Montgomery County police, and says they will be busy the next few days, as they'll receive a jump in calls. Most will be for animals left in cars while their owners are shopping. He says no matter what kind of vehicle you own, whether its windows are tinted, or whether you crack them open, don't leave pets behind when it's this warm.

"A car can overheat very quickly. And the animal inside that car will overheat very quickly. Dogs cool themselves by panting, and if they're panting overheated air, that drives their body temperature up very quickly," Hibler says.

By the time officers respond to many of the hot car calls, the owner has driven away. But for those who haven't, Hibler says the consequences can be severe.

"[For] an animal that is in a car that is in distress, any EMT, firefighter, police officer, or animal control officer can make legal and forcible entry into that car, and not be held liable for the damages," he says.

Hibler adds owners can be charged with animal cruelty, which carries a $500 fine, and the pet can be taken away from the owner in some instances.

NPR

Texas Bookseller Picks 3 Summer Reads

Julia Green of Front Street Books recommends Moonlight on Linoleum by Terry Helwig, City of Women by David R. Gillham and The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate by Jacqueline Kelly.
NPR

He Used To Live On The Streets Of Mumbai. Now, His Cafe Welcomes Everyone

Amin Sheikh's new cafe is a rarity in class-stratified India: It's open to people from all walks of life. Sheikh is a former street child, and so are many of his employees.
NPR

For Many Black Voters, Trump's 'What Do You Have To Lose?' Plea Isn't Enough

Donald Trump promises to help bring jobs and security to black neighborhoods. But his poll numbers with African-Americans are in the low single digits, and many say his message is insulting.
WAMU 88.5

A Cyber-Psychologist Explains How Human Behavior Changes Online

Dr. Mary Aiken, a pioneering cyber-psychologist, work inspired the CBS television series "CSI: Cyber". She explains how going online changes our behavior in small and dramatic ways, and what that means for how we think about our relationship with technology.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.