HOT! Is It Illegal Leaving Your Dog In The Car In This Texas Heat?
The summers in Texas are crucial. You can find yourself if not careful, dehydrated to the point where you could pass out. As of late, Central Texas has been having heat waves to the point where the temperature has been in the three digits, that alone should tell you how hot it gets in Texas.
LET'S NOT FORGET OUR FUR BABIES!
What makes me so mad is, in the summertime watching Texans run errands and leaving their animals in the car with no air conditioning with the windows rolled up. Anybody who knows me knows that I love animals more than I love people and it really grinds my gears to watch animals suffer in the heat. Your dog does not have hands, nor does your animal have a voice to tell you to "let me out I’m hot", so remember to consider that. There are some Texans that feel like it’s not a big deal to leave their animal in the car. I've heard "I’m just going into the store real quick, and I will be right back."
I always ask the same question, if you were in that position, would you want to be left in the car? I didn’t think. According to KXAN, there is current law, called "dogs in hot cars law" that has been passed in 31 states and including the District of Columbia. There are 14 states that give civil immunity to the good Samaritan, who rescued an animal from an unattended vehicle but unfortunately, here in Texas, we do not have that law as of yet.
WHAT CAN TEXANS DO TO HELP THEIR FUR BABIES?
Although Texas currently has a good Samaritan act, which is a person who, in good faith, administers emergency care and is not liable for civil damages for an act performed during the emergency unless the act was willingly negligently. The Texas heat is no joke! I can only suggest until there is a law here, Texans need to be considerate of their animals, it could possibly save their lives.