IF YOU LOVE US; LEAVE US AT HOME!

As the temperature and humidity continue to rise, we ask that you LEAVE YOUR DOG AT HOME!

THE DANGERS:

  • It only takes a few minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation.  
  • LEAVE YOUR DOG AT HOME ON WARM DAYS!
  • Rolling down the window or parking in the shade doesn't guarantee protection!
  • Leaving a dog in a running car with the air conditioning on is also NOT a guarantee.  Many people do this, but tragedy can strike, and it has.  The air conditioning can fail because the engine is too hot and begin blowing hot air.
  • Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws.  If they have only overheated air to breathe, they can collapse, suffer brain damage or die.

Additionally, the Spring Garden Township Police Department would like to remind our residents that Ordinance 110-9 Severe Weather Warnings states that:

  • It shall be unlawful for any person to leave any dog outside and unattended during any period in which a severe weather warning has been issued for York County by the National Weather Service for a continuous period of time greater than 1/2 hour if the temperature during  such period remains entirely either below 32 degrees or above 90 degrees.  "Outside" for purposes of this section, shall mean any unattended dog that is outside subject to the weather and elements, which expressly includes, but shall not be limited to, a dog in a securely fenced-in yard, a dog in a kennel, or a dog tethered or tied-out.  The dog shall be considered "outside" regardless of access to an outdoor dog house or similar structure.