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Police warn of possible charges if you rescue pets from hot cars

LINDALE, TX (KLTV) -

As the summer heat approaches, an East Texas police department is warning residents about the legal implications of leaving your pet in a hot car, and the possible legal charges you could face if you decide to rescue one.

Every summer, police across the country battle the heat and rescue pets left in hot cars, but according to Lindale Police Detective Chris Dworaczyk, citizens who try to rescue pets are putting themselves at risk.

Detective Dworaczyk says, “the problem is, you can still be held liable, either civilly or criminally, for the damages done to the vehicle”.

He says the best thing to do if you spot an animal in a hot car is “call 911 and have law enforcement respond”.

Jennifer Council is a Vet Tech Professor at TJC North and says you should be aware of the symptoms of a pet who is in distress due to the heat.

“If you see one maybe laying in the back not moving, maybe tap on the window, and if they don’t raise their head to look at you, that is probably more severe…They can’t get rid of the heat like we can,” Council said.

However, if you do rescue a pet, Council says you should get them room temperature water and veterinary care as soon as possible.

Detective Dworaczyk with the Lindale Police Department tells us although a person can face charges for leaving their pet in a hot car, that doesn’t necessarily mean the animal will be taken away. It is all decided on a case by case basis.

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