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Jeff Branscome writes about Spotsylvania County.

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Pets and heat

Spotsylvania’s Animal Control put out this reminder:


Spotsylvania County Animal Control reminds pet owners to act responsibly in protecting animals left in enclosed vehicles in any hot weather, and especially in the current excessive heat – it’s not only the right thing to do, it’s the law.

Spotsylvania County Code Section 4-11(i). “Cruelty to animals; penalty,” states:

Any person who confines an animal in an unattended, enclosed vehicle so as to cause the animal to suffer from heat stress, shall be guilty of a Class 1 misdemeanor. The animal control officer or other officer shall have the authority to remove any animal found in an enclosed vehicle that appears to be suffering from heat stress. The animal shall be provided immediate veterinary care. The animal owner or custodian shall be responsible for all expenses incurred during the removal of the animal or its subsequent treatment and impoundment.