Summertime is here and that means the temperatures are about to sky rocket. It also means the cases of people leaving their pets in their cars will also sky rocket.

Temperatures in cars can reach well into the 100's, and it its not the optimal situation for pets. A nice temperate of 72 degrees outside can cause a car to reach a temperature of 116 degrees inside, and a car can heat up to 99 degrees in just 10 minutes when its 80 degrees outside.

It has also been found that rolling the windows down has little or no effect on the internal temperature of the car

New York State law says “A companion animal [cannot be] confined in motor vehicle in extreme heat or cold without proper ventilation or other protection where confinement places companion animal in imminent danger of death or serious injury due to exposure.”

Multiple state have "Good Samaritan" laws, and according to the AnimalLaw.info New York State is not one of them, but it looks like a new law/bill is pending. This means if you do see a pet in a hot car and are a regular citizen, you can't break the window to save the pet.

If you do see a pet in a hot car immediately take down the cars make, model, and license plate number. If the car is located near a business or restaurant see if the owner or manager can make an announcement in order to find the owner of the pet.

According to AnimalLaw.info "Police, peace officer, or peace officer acting as agent of humane society may take necessary steps to remove animal from vehicle. Will not be civilly or criminally liable if actions taken in reasonably good faith."

If you cannot find the owner, go ahead and call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control unit.

[via The Human Society]