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Pets in Parked Cars

Never risk your pet's life by leaving it in a parked car.

  • Never leave pets unattended inside a parked car, even if the window is cracked open.
  • Temperatures rise quickly, causing irreparable organ damage to your pet and even death.
  • It only takes minutes for your pet to suffer from heatstroke. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160 degrees. Heatstroke signs are heavy panting, profuse salvation, a rapid pulse, lack of coordination, and red gums and tongue.
  • If you see a dog alone in a vehicle, immediately call 911. Local law officials have the ability to enter vehicles and rescue the pet. Do not leave until help has arrived.
  • Leaving pets inside a parked car is considered animal cruelty and violators will receive a $500 fine.
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Animal Services
Alex Munoz, Director

Pet Adoption and Protection Center
3599 NW 79 Avenue, , Doral, FL 33122
311 | pets@miamidade.gov
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