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|Livermore Police Department |
1110 South Livermore Ave
Livermore, CA 94550
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Our Mission is to educate and provide courteous assistance to the public and to provide comfort, kindness and compassion to animals in our care. One of the most common things we hear is “I could never do your job, I love animals too much”. We too love animals, so much so that we choose to work in a field where we believe we can make a difference. There are times when our job is very challenging and tests our emotions. But, simply helping an animal receive emergency assistance or reuniting someone with his or her lost pet makes it all worthwhile.
Leaving your pet in a parked car can be a deadly mistake
Being left alone for only 10 minutes may not seem like a long time but when you’re a helpless, dependant pet left in a car on a warm summer day, it just may be the last 10 minutes of your pet’s life.
Believe it or not, with all the press and education out there, in the summer months Livermore Animal Control still responds to at least 5 calls a week for animals being left in vehicles. That’s only the tip of the iceberg, our city’s local vets see many more animals for heat related exposure.
On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 to 120 degrees in just minutes and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
Animals can suffer brain damage or death from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Dogs can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads. A dog’s body temperature is always hotter than the air surrounding the animal. So if you put your dogs in the car, not only will the sun heat up the car, but so will their panting.
Livermore Police have responded to several calls to a particular retail parking lot for animals left in hot cars. As a preventative and educational measure, we put our message board near the store with the message, “Dogs in hot cars don’t mix.”
(watch the following video to see how it might feel to be a dog locked in a hot car.)
Last summer, Livermore Police responded to a call where a dog owner left her dog locked in a hot car while she was in a local business. The dog was left in the car for approximately 30 minutes. Although it was only 11am, the outside temperature had already reached 95 degrees. Livermore Animal Control (AC) rescued the dog and took it to a local vet who stated that if AC hadn’t removed the dog, it would have shortly suffered heat stroke or death. Identifying the severity of the owner’s irresponsibility, the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office charged the pet owner with animal cruelty, which is punishable by up to 90 days in jail and/or a $1,000 fine.
To help prevent injury to your pet, here are some tips from our local vets:
1. Even on cooler days, don’t put your pets in the car if you are going to leave it unattended for any period of time.
2. At home always have ample shade and plenty of fresh water for your pets.
3. Do not exercise animals on warm or hot days.
4. Seek medical care immediately if you suspect your pet has experienced heat injury.
If you see an animal in distress please call your local police department. Be prepared to provide a description of the car and a license plate number. You just may save that animal’s life.
Our goal is to not have any unwanted animals. We need you to help us. You can do this by spaying and neutering your pets, providing your pet with a proper collar and identification and by providing a home for your pet where it will not roam the streets. With your help this goal can be achieved.
Click here for low the low cost spay and neuter clinic and the free "Pit Fix".
Animal Control enforces City of Livermore Animal Ordinances regarding pets and other animals. Please look under Title 6 - Animals
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Looking for owner of abused dog (warning: Graphic)
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