Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

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Animal Control broke a vehicle window to save a distressed or trapped animal in the 1000 Block of East Montecito.

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a-1556282532 Jan 20, 2019 11:32 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

Wow, the defensiveness and self-centered mindset of animal owners who assume EVERYONE knows that a Prius can remain air-conditioned with the engine off. This is news to me. Yes, please, Prius owners, put signs in your windows saying you have AC going, but don't tell others to "please" not break your windows. Speaking of which, it was Animal Control that broke the window of this car in question. Pretty sure they know a distressed animal when they see one.

Flicka Jan 20, 2019 09:41 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

On a hot day it takes only a matter of minutes before the inside of a car becomes dangerously hot, even with windows "cracked". I have no idea why dogs have to be dragged everywhere in the first place. On a hot day they'd be more comfortable at home with water and shade.

a-1556282532 Jan 19, 2019 11:50 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

What a lot of people seem to be overlooking is that sometimes dogs in cars will stress themselves out by barking barking barking. I have had dog companions since age 11 and have always taken my dogs everywhere with me. My dogs don't bark for attention or from loneliness while in our vehicle, but I have witnessed plenty of dogs who rant and rave the entire time they're left alone. On a hot day, this type of separation anxiety (or even just fear at being left alone) can exacerbate a situation. Coupled with hot temperatures this can make for a very bad outcome. Dog owners and humanitarians both need to be more responsible. That said, I am wholly against this knee-jerk movement going on now re: don't leave your dog(s) in the car under any circumstances. If you think the incarcerated dog is truly suffering, please do something. Otherwise, satisfy your need to communicate with the owner(s) by leaving a civil and polite note. There are even pre-printed notices you can obtain from organizations which warn against leaving dogs in hot cars. Keep some on hand and dole them out, if you feel the situation warrants it.

Waterboy Jan 19, 2019 09:09 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

SB Ron makes an important point. Some hybrid vehicles ( like the Prius) allow you to lock the car with the engine off and the AC on. When I was in coastal South Carolina, the summer weather tended towards the extremes of both humidity and temperature. When I parked my Prius with my puppy inside I had to leave a sign in the window to allay the concerns of outraged pedestrians. It may have been 98F/90% humidity outside, but the temperature in the car was a comfortable 72F.

s.b.ron Jan 19, 2019 08:16 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

If the animal is in a hybrid or electric car, please be aware that you can leave them “running” with the a/c on, but the engine will not be running most of the time. However, the inside of the vehicle is fully air conditioned. Please take that into account before breaking windows.

Luvaduck Jan 19, 2019 08:03 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

Taking your dog(s) to a dog park or on hikes is great fun for you both, but why drag them with you when you shop, eat out and do things they have no interest in, and where they may be a nuisance to others? Beloved they are, people they aren't. People aren't covered in fur & dander, most don't poop or pee in public or randomly, jump on or nip others, or lay where they may be tripped over.

sbpaddy Jan 19, 2019 10:28 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

Because they want to come with you. Trying to get your dog to stay home with a responsible owner takes longer than the errand.

Crystalandmaui Jan 19, 2019 07:38 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

I have seen dogs left in hot cars, in the summertime when it’s 80 to 85 out and as we know it’s a lot hotter in the car. I did find the owner in a restaurant and he did come take his dog out. I am a dog owner and in these past rainy days I have left my dog in the car when I went in a store. I do take her with me inside always when it’s above 65 outside and never park in the sun. When I read this , I had to review it, cause I’m thinking too , when was this, is this recent cause it’s been cold and raining. WHAT,

SandyinSB Jan 19, 2019 07:19 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

I'm a (responsible) dog owner who frequently leaves my dogs in the car. Often it's for a 5- 10 minute stop at Trader Joe's after we have visiting the dog-park. The dogs are in a wire crate with plenty of room. Depending on the weather, the windows will be fully open, cracked, or closed, (in cold or rain). Yesterday got up to a high of a measly 67 F. Were the dogs distressed because their owner "abandoned" them for 5 minutes, or were they facing a heat-stroke? Although good Samaritans are always appreciated, so is a brain. If you think an animal is facing heat-stroke, first go into the store and have management announce for the owners on a loud speaker. If no response, then call the police. If someone broke the window of my car simply because I had dogs inside, I would see them in court.

Roger Jan 19, 2019 11:00 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

If you don't leave your dog or cat in a place that might hurt it you have all the choices in the world but if an animal is in distress no you have no choice call it what you will I call it abuse of an animal and I would have broke the window too after calling the police. Maybe I'll get me one of those thermometers too...

a-1556282532 Jan 19, 2019 09:55 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

"They had good reason" is the most feeble of excuses to exercise abuse of police powers. Don't we have the right to object? Deference to authorities is the path to fascism (which seems to be were the US is going anyway).

Roger Jan 19, 2019 09:14 AM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

This was a Animal Control Officer with the city they know what they are doing and I'm sure he had a good reason to break the window the term used was not distressed but "Trapped" I added distressed because if I was trapped I'd feel distressed and I thought maybe they mean't that.

a-1556282532 Jan 18, 2019 11:14 PM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

For your own sake, call the police first. Animal Control officers have a thermometer they can slip in a window that's barely cracked. I'm just saying, in the case of an animal, TRY calling first; to save yourself trouble over a fight with car/animal owner. Of course, use your judgment as to the severity of "distress."

a-1556282532 Jan 18, 2019 07:30 PM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

You can break the windows only if the animal is in distress. If the windows are cracked and the animal has fresh air coming in then absolutely not.

a-1556282532 Jan 18, 2019 04:54 PM
Animal Control Saves Distressed Animal

Can I, as a "regular" citezen, break a car window to free a trapped or distressed animal? I often see dogs inside vehicles in parking lots. I will never understand why so many so-called animal lovers treat their animals so poorly.

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