|Barked: Mon May 14, '12 11:43pm PST |
|My dog likes to go with me and I like to take him. I leave him in the car all the time and he does fine. Better than when he's left at home, as funny as that sounds. At home there are people and other dogs but I'm his person and that's basically all he cares about. When he's left at home he mopes around, whines, and seems generally upset. When he's in the car he is calm and watches what goes on around him. (I know he does this, I have hidden from him in a parking lot and watched to see what he'd do when I left.)
Anywho, I would get miffed if someone called the cops/animal control on a nice day, or even a mildly cold one, no matter what the length of time was. (I don't leave him in the car for more than 30 mind anyways, since whatever I'm doing never takes longer than that.) He is not restrained while in the car so he can get out of the sun if he wants to when it's warmer. So when it comes to that, please don't be concerned, it's not needed or wanted.
I would never leave him in the car on a hot, or potentially hot, or very cold day. But if I were every stupid enough to, I'd deserve it. No animal or kid or living thing of any sort should be left in a hot or cold car for any period of time.
My issue with laws against it are that there are enough of them already. That won't fix the problem, since the stupid people are still going to do it regardless and you are only going to hurt the non-stupid people. The solution is education on the matter but that is a difficult thing to do. Most people just don't pay attention.
And saying that someone who gets a ticket for leaving a dog in the car won't do it again... Is the same as saying that someone who lets a dog off-leash in an area where that's not allowed won't do it again because some park ranger yelled at them. So what's the solution to that? Ban dogs altogether, even the ones who's owners follow the laws. So that segment of the argument for laws doesn't quite work. Again, it's the smart people who will get hurt, not the stupid ones.
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