New Nevada law makes it a crime to leave pet in hot vehicle

A dog enjoy the grass more than the hot pavement Saturday, June 17, 2017, at The Hydrant Club in downtown Las Vegas. (Scott Kost/KSNV)

The hot weather is especially dangerous for pets. A law in place this summer make it a crime to lock them in a hot car.

“Senate Bill 409 passed in the last legislative session raised the penalty for leaving a pet in a hot locked car to the same level as leaving a child in the car,” says Cathy Brooks, owner of The Hydrant Club.

If convicted of a crime under the law a person faces 6 months behind bars or a $1,000 fine.

Dog owners are also warned to keep their pets off hot sidewalks and pavement, as it can burn their feet, says Brooks.

The Hydrant Club's mission is to help owners be the best parents to their pups and how to best integrate dogs to city living.

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