Courtesy of California’s Department of Motor Vehicles, drivers in the Golden State will soon get a refresher on the importance of not leaving their canine companions in
ovens-on-wheels hot cars. Starting next year, the California Driver Handbook will include text warning drivers never to leave dogs in hot vehicles and pointing out that doing so is illegal and can result in fines and jail time (not to mention a dead dog or an expensive vet bill).
California is the first state in the nation to include this warning in its driver’s manual—PETA will be pushing other states to follow its lead! And since the dog days of summer are still going strong, let’s continue to be watchdogs for animals whose guardians flunked driver’s training 101 or have become distracted inside a store.
Written by Lindsay Pollard-Post