The Suquamish Police Department in Kitsap County posted a stern warning to their Facebook page yesterday about dogs and children left in hot cars during this historical heat wave.
“FAIR WARNING: IF YOU LEAVE A CHILD OR A PET UNATTENDED IN A CAR ANYWHERE IN SUQUAMISH OR INDIANOLA DURING THIS HEAT SPELL, WE WILL IMMEDIATELY SMASH YOUR WINDOWS OUT TO SAVE THEIR LIFE, AND CHARGE YOU WITH ENDANGERING THE LIFE OF AN INNOCENT. YOUR CAR CAN REACH LETHAL TEMPERATURES IN LESS THAN 10 MINUTES IN THIS TYPE OF HEAT. THERE ARE ZERO LEGITIMATE REASONS TO LEAVE A CHILD OR PET IN A CAR ALONE DURING A RECORD HEAT WAVE.”
The post got over 2,500 shares. We have no doubt that police departments in Thurston County would be willing to do the same.
So here’s who to call if you see a dog or child locked in a hot car:
If it is a child that appears in distress, call 911 immediately.
If it is a dog or other animal that appears in distress, and you are inside the city limits of Olympia, Lacey, or Tumwater, call Thurston County Animal Control at 360-352-2510.
If it’s a dog or other animal that appears in distress, and you’re outside the city limits, call Thurston County Dispatch at 360-704-2740.
You should not attempt to break the window yourself unless the child or animal appears unconscious. You could be charged with destruction of property. You should still call 911 after breaking the window, if you must.