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I'm new here and have heard that I can't leave my dogs in my car when go into a store even for a few minutes in the winter. Is this true? Thanks, Leigh

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Comment by om on December 26, 2009 at 7:58am
I just read the ordinance again, and no it is not illegal, but if Animal Control deems your dog-s in danger (overheated, dehydrated) they have the right to break in to your car, any way they seem fit without being held liable. And I have heard of dogs taken out of cars, last at DeVargas Mall. It is though illegal to tether dogs in public places and recently I have been concerned about a cute little lap dog leashed very short in a backyard near the Railyard. There is a 12 feet (8 feet if the dog gets too close to the fence) requirement. Seems to me it ought to be illegal to keep lap dogs out in the yard in the freezing cold.

By the way my little guy, Sumo-boy indicated for the 2. time since he is with us, that he prefers staying home then coming out to the cold and windy dog park, followed by long a wait in the van!
Comment by CindyR on December 25, 2009 at 8:01pm
Hi Leigh. Welcome to Santa Fe and Scoop. I totally missed this post when it was first posted. I had just picked up my new filly, so that's my excuse! :-)
Anyway, a very savvy local dog person told me the same thing -- that is was "illegal" to have your dog in the car with you and leave it alone for any period of time. I take my dogs EVERYwhere, so I looked up the ordinance. For some reason it's a misconception, started by ????? I don't know. The bottom line is, it's not illegal.
Enjoy your doggies.
Comment by Leigh Seikel on November 3, 2008 at 9:09am
I've taken my dogs tens of thousands of miles across the country in all kinds of weather... one has to be clever and innovative, but it can be done. They both love road trips. It is getting easier to travel since hotels have smartened up and so many allow them now. I'm glad that the police can help some poor pet that's locked in a hot car... good for Santa FE....
Comment by om on November 2, 2008 at 8:02pm
Seems to me we make it to easy on ourselves leaving dogs at home rather then taking them along. They love to look out at the world and get stimulated by the sights and sounds and smells. Of course extreme heat is to be avoided at all costs, but keeping them at home all day or in the yard all day seems unfair to them. And then when they do get a chance to get out they act wild, crazy and undisciplined! Of course leaving them in the car to no end, for hours and hours seems wrong as well. How to legislate common sense has been on my mind for a while now!
Comment by Lisa on November 1, 2008 at 7:47pm
Hi Leigh! :o) Yes, Ben is right about the city and county taking a pet out of a car if they feel it's in danger. I don't take my pets out much in the heat of summer because it simply isn't good for them. I do take my little guy in cooler weather, and he simply loves to go on road trips and visiting. And it is always better to keep your pet safe at home if you plan to leave them in the car alot during your outing. While we might like the company, perhaps they might like to be home rather than sit in the car waiting on us. :o)
Comment by Ben Swan on November 1, 2008 at 6:20pm
Hi Leigh, welcome to Scoop and to our area. Use common sense about leaving animals in vehicles. The sun is a lot warmer than you might imagine, so always consider where you park and proper ventilation. It's not illegal; but animal control officers and police will remove your animals if they feel their lives are in danger. And there's always a concern that someone might try to steal your animals or you might put them or someone else at risk if you leave the windows open too much. I love it when temperatures start to drop so I can take my dogs with me where ever I go, but I'd rather leave them at home than put them at risk. It would be interesting to hear other people's views ...

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