Police: Owners can be cited for leaving pets in hot cars
Dozens of reports of dogs left in hot cars this summer have prompted the Santa Fe Police Department to remind people the practice is dangerous and illegal.
Hundreds of pets die each year from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles, said spokesman Greg Gurule of the Santa Fe Police Department. He said the city’s Animal Services Division averages 300 calls for welfare checks for pets left in vehicles during the summer. Most of the reports are justified, he said, and the owners are cited.
The fine is a $100 and owners can also face a charge of cruelty to animals, which carries a much larger fine and a jail sentence, if convicted.
“We’ve heard the excuses,” Gurule said in a news release, “ ‘Oh, it will just be a few minutes while I go into a store,’” or “ ‘But I cracked the windows.’ Those excuses don’t amount to much if your pet becomes seriously ill or dies from being left in a vehicle.”
The temperature in a vehicle can rise almost 20 degrees in just 10 minutes, he said, and in 20 minutes, the temperature can rise almost 30 degrees. “Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death,” he said, “even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to you. And cracking the windows makes no difference.”
Conference focuses on stopping violence
Scholarships are available for a fall conference on the link between human violence and animal abuse.
The New Mexico Conference on The Link Between Animal Abuse & Human Violence is scheduled for Sept. 18-19 at the National Hispanic Culture Center in Albuquerque. The biannual conference, hosted by Positive Links, offers information and training on collaborative ways to identify, prevent and stop abuse, investigate cases and provide proper treatment for abusers.
The deadline to apply for tuition and travel scholarships is Aug. 18. To apply, visit www.thelinknm.com.
The conference features national and internationally known experts on the topic and this year will focus on legal-law enforcement and social work-domestic violence efforts to address the problem.
Early bird registration of $50 for the conference is July 21, the $70 registration deadline is Sept. 4 and the late $100 registration deadline is Sept. 18.
Sanctuary hosts art show
Kindred Spirit Animal Sanctuary will host the art show “Animals & Nature” from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5.
Organizers said the art show is an opportunity to visit with animals in hospice and elder care and meet many of the artists who are donating their work. The show will feature a variety of art, including painting, photography jewelry, sculptures, carvings, folk art and wearable art.
All proceeds benefit the sanctuary’s wellness care for the senior animals. The show is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
The sanctuary is on N.M. 14 near Lone Butte General Store. For more information, visit www.kindredspiritsnm.org or call 505-471-5366.