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Police see increase in calls of pets left in cars

Officer Matthew Bohman said when the temperature goes up, so does the amount of calls they get about pets being left in cars.

Posted: Jul. 14, 2018 6:38 PM

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- With this hot weather, Police in Springfield are getting more calls about pets being left in cars.

Officer Matthew Bohman said when the temperature goes up, so does the amount of calls they get about pets being left in cars. This year is no different. As of Saturday afternoon, he said they've already had three.

During the week, the Springfield Police Department has an Animal Control Officer who responds to these calls. They said with the hot weather over the past few days, he's been pretty busy. On weekends, the patrol unit handles it.

Officer Bohman said pet owners could be charged with a crime for it.

"There are some serious repercussions that can come back for being negligent with your animals. There's also a law that allows people to gain entry into your vehicle if you dog is in distress," said Officer Bohman. 

He said it's always important to remain calm if you come across a dog in a hot car and to not escalate the situation by getting angry with the pet owner. He said you can always call police as well. 

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