Originally Posted by Life Without Whine
So put in a request to my favorite person (who does the legal confiscation of the pets from closed vehicles down here in sunny Florida) and she just has the short list of items to act on .... can get the actual statute for any nonbeliever.
'If someone leaves their pet in a running car with A/C on, they can be in violation of Improper Transportation in a Motor Vehicle' to quote ... she says that if she finds herself in the situation described here she will leave a note on her windshield with the time she left the vehicle & exactly where she can be found (Bathroom, paying for gas....) but states that she could still be charged.
If you live down here you may have experienced some of these events .... just 10 days ago had one pup live & one died .... owner from out of state .... ignorance is no excuse and this is going forward under animal cruelty. Just because you can't find the law does not mean it doesn't exist .... fair warning all you snowbirds flooding in over the next couple months ....
I'll keep this going and asked questions since this info can be very important to anyone on this forum traveling through FL.
Closed vehicle? Although I question that, my original was is it illegal UNDER ANY circumstances to leave a pet in a vehicle. That would include a non-closed vehicle that has the two back windows open half to three quarters.
No insult or implied insult to any police on this forum, but many times they will tell you something that is not "legally" correct. (Cannot believe some of the things I have been told by officers in many states that were NOT illegal, but they did not like.) And let's understand, there are thousands of laws on the books in FL (as with all states and the US Gov't), and no one would expect any officer to know them all. Even prosecutors I have known refer to the statutes all the time to help in prosecuting and/or releasing a person from an arrest.
In regard to your statement, "Just because you can't find the law does not mean it doesn't exist" is VERY TRUE! But if it is NOT in the FL statutes, it is not a FL law; thus it is not a FL crime. However, local government entities have their own statutes, thus it could be local. But you did say FL in your original post and that's what I was questioning.
So yes, I would love to know the statute that states your original statement, “technically still illegal to leave a pet in vehicle even if running.” Even if it is a local statute (city/county) might still be interesting if someone is traveling through that area.
In regard to your newest statement about a running vehicle, that I never looked up, and not going too either. But would like the statute. Many states have laws against an unattended running vehicle.
As for the dog that was killed, if it is the story I read (University Mall), they did not leave any windows open, it was 91 degrees outside, which means the inside could easily be over 125 degrees and they were in the mall shopping for over an hour.
And their mug shots tell it all.....
Would hope that no one here would do something as stupid as that.
I believe most are like me, on occasion, during a hot month on a trip, what would happen if one minute after I left the vehicle to visit a rest room a LEO comes by and sees the dogs, and with the windows open and can tell they are NOT stressed, but would I still be in violation of a FL or FL county/city law?