Animals Left Alone in Vehicles

Increase in Reporting Animals in Hot Cars

The Waite Park Police Department has seen an increase in people reporting animals, mainly dogs, left alone in hot vehicles.

Do Not Leave Pets Alone in Vehicles

The temperature inside your vehicle is significantly hotter than the temperature outside. Please do not leave your pets alone in vehicles. The Police Department will respond and check on the animal if a complaint is received.

Tips to Keep Pets Safe

  • Don't carry a pet unrestrained in a pickup truck bed.
  • Don't take a chance, leave your pet at home on warm days. A quick trip to the store can be deadly.
  • Learn to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion, restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargic, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, and lack of coordination.
  • If your pet shows any of these symptoms, get them to a shady or air conditioned place right away.
  • Lower body temperature gradually by providing water to drink, applying a cold towel or an ice pack to the head, neck, and chest, or immersing the dog in a cool (not cold) water.
  • Call your veterinarian immediately.

If You See a Pet in a Vehicle & in Distress

  1. Please write down the vehicle's color, model, make, and license plate number.
  2. Call the local police department.
  3. Have someone keep an eye on the animal.