Originally Posted by Life Without Whine
careful in Florida ...technically still illegal to leave a pet in vehicle even if running ... don't shoot the messenger!
Would not think of shooting the messenger, but would love to see a reference to a legal code in the FL statute that states it is illegal under any circumstances to leave a pet in a vehicle.
I found references to many cities and counties but all have a statement like the following or similar...
against the law to leave a dog, cat, or other animal unattended in a parked vehicle with inadequate or no ventilation.
But failed to find anything in the 2015 FL Statues that state it is illegal under any circumstances to leave a pet inside a vehicle, as implied.
(However, did find a statute 828.1231 f.s
Sale of garments or items of clothing containing dog or cat fur prohibited; sale of pelt of any dog or cat prohibited; penalty. Makes me wonder if other states have the same statute. Never thought it was needed.....
I ask since I have a close friend who travels from Atlanta Georgia to Plantation Key almost five or six times a year, has a retriever and I know she leaves it in the vehicle when she runs into the rest areas, and probably in service stations to get food/water, etc., after filling up. I'm sure she would want to know it was illegal.
And I plan on heading down there in a few months, and I know without a doubt, I cannot make it from Northern FL to Plantation key without stopping once or twice in a a FL rest area. And I would hate to violate the law when I leave my two Mals in the vehicle for a few minutes.
But there are fifteen states that do have laws against it....
Arizona, California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia.
I do it quite a bit when traveling but again, five minutes at the most, and my dogs do not go to the store with me in the summer. Now when it is 20 degrees outside, yea, I'll run into a grocery store for a few minutes, but I'm sure they won't get harmed from the cold.
They are probably good to around -20 degrees.