California DMV to warn about pets in cars |

California DMV to warn about pets in cars

California will become the first state to add language about animal safety in its 2011 driver handbook. The manual will warn drivers that it is against the law to leave an animal in a vehicle in unsafe conditions. If the animal is injured or killed, the penalties are up to $500 in fines, six months in jail, or both.

“Many people forget that pets are affected by heat much more quickly than humans are, and that leaving a pet in a car for ‘just a minute’ can be deadly,” said bill sponsor Assemblyman Anthony Portantino (D-La Canada Flintridge).

“Cars heat up fast -even with the windows cracked – that’s why I am pleased to have worked with the DMV to include language in their next handbook warning about the dangers of pets in cars,” he added. “The DMV understood the need for providing animal safety information just as they provide educational information on leaving unattended children in vehicles. I am also grateful to (constituent) Phyllis Daugherty and SPCA-LA for bringing this issue to my attention.”

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