It’s HOT HOT HOT – Don’t Leave Children or Animals Inside Your Vehicle

June 29, 2013 11:29 am · 45 comments

Temperatures in Claycord are expected to reach 105-degrees today, so please keep your animals at home, and inside.

If you keep your animal or child in your vehicle, and it dies, then expect to see your name on Claycord.

Also, don’t take your dog for a walk during the extreme heat, they don’t have shoes, and the ground is even hotter than you can imagine. Those little legs can’t move fast enough to keep those paws cool.

Unfortunately, a person decided it was ok to leave her dog inside her hot vehicle on Friday afternoon in Pleasant Hill, when it was over 100-degrees outside, and the dog slowly died after a huge amount of suffering.

Click HERE to read that story.

Anonymous June 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

I can’t believe people even need to be told this. But the do. Thank you Mr. Mayor. June 29, 2013 at 11:31 AM

Yeah, isn’t it amazing that people don’t use their brains? So sad.


Parsnip June 29, 2013 at 11:37 AM

“If you keep your animal or child in your vehicle, and it dies, then expect to see your name on Claycord”

Terrific FYI to that dame of yesterday and her fellow idiots, Mayor! Thanks!

J. June 29, 2013 at 11:40 AM

If you want your name on the cover of go take a nice photograph today and submit it to Da’Mayor.

Lorelei June 29, 2013 at 11:42 AM

Is it a felony to allow an animal to die inside a hot vehicle? If it isn’t, it should be. Maybe DeSaulnier can do something useful, for a change, and make that happen!

So sorry to hear this..... June 29, 2013 at 11:53 AM

Don’t leave the elderly in the car either. To bad you have to tell people this.

Parsnip June 29, 2013 at 12:08 PM

I see by the Times’ print of the article that Associated Press has picked up on it too.

Antler June 29, 2013 at 12:21 PM

Have been giving some thought to the order of things I would do if I encountered such a situation. Please tell me whether you think this is correct:

1. Call 911 for police response to situation, and also tell the dispatcher that your intent is to break a car window in order to help the animal (or that you’ve already broken it while waiting for them to get to your call).

2. Get the Smartwater I always carry in my car. Wet the dog’s head and paws (canines DO perspire through their paw pads, not only by panting). If the dog is conscious, put the mouth of the water bottle in the flap of its lower jaw and pour JUST A tiny BIT inside. Wait to observe reaction, and give more water if he is able to take it. If you have plenty of water, wet down more of the dog, but the head area is the most important. If you have a plain sugar cookie or cracker in your car, offer that by placing it on a hard surface in front of the dog’s mouth. The animal’s electrolytic balance will be completely out of kilter, so that can help.

[Some of the above was part of canine first aid we had to know when running Britannys in AKC field trials in remote areas. Trials run in the Red Rock area north of Reno and also trials out from California City or Seven Lakes Basin could be in brutally hot weather. There were horizontally-cut stock barrels of water at intervals along the sometimes several-mile back courses, but sometimes an All-Age Class, big-running dog would be so eager (the euphemism for “imperfectly trained”) that it might ignore its horsebacked handler’s whistle or shouted command to stop/go get in water….could become overheated and go into heat prostration before reaching the next water barrel.

Always Right June 29, 2013 at 12:29 PM

Mr. Mayor, I am all for public shaming in concept – just take care to have enough of a description of the person and/or a facebook link in addition to the name so an innocent person by the same name doesn’t get the blame.

Cassandra June 29, 2013 at 12:59 PM


Incognito June 29, 2013 at 1:17 PM

It’s about time people start using their heads about some very simple issues which involve basic common sense.

Casey June 29, 2013 at 1:53 PM

How about leaving her in a car for a bit to experience what that poor dog felt.

Parsnip June 29, 2013 at 1:55 PM

I think it’s also time for these pet food stores to cut the “Hey-bring-your-pet-to-OUR-store” hype to try to get people to patronize their stores. Too many dogs are owned by dumb people–but animals don’t know the difference. All they want is a car ride, not to look at dog toy brand items available. A pet food store is not a social club.

It reminds me of some idiot woman riding her bike to Pet Food Express in Pleasant Hill (across from Crescent Plaza no less) with her dog leashed and running alongside her. That poor dog had a nylon muzzle wrapped around his face to where he couldn’t even pant.

That dog was practically in distress when she got her butt off the bike and took the muzzle off so it could have some water.

Lolly Pop June 29, 2013 at 2:04 PM

Thank you for mentioning the hot pavement. Good rule of thumb… put your bare foot on the pavement where you will be walking your dog. If you can’t stand comfortably on the pavement barefoot, then neither can he/she. Their feet actually burn and blister. Just FYI.

anon June 29, 2013 at 2:20 PM

Can we leave always right in the car?

Triple Canopy June 29, 2013 at 2:29 PM

.. and that idiot in PH who killed her boxer dog is named ANGELA KLEINFELD.

anonanonagain June 29, 2013 at 3:04 PM

People are either too selfish or lazy to think. This woman probably justified to herself, “I’ll only be a couple of minutes”. A couple of minutes turns into an hour and by that time it is way too late.
Please, please, please people do not leave your children/babies, dogs, a helpless individual ie; the elderly or a mentally challenged person in your vehicle. THINK!!!

Mama Dog June 29, 2013 at 3:24 PM

Triple canopy….yes her name is ANGELA KLEINFELD that left her dog to die, alone and suffering in a hot car on a 100 degree day.
ANGELA KLEINFELD should be left in a hot car today with no water to see how badly she suffers.
ANGELA KLEINFELD is a heartless b!tch.

sunday June 29, 2013 at 3:41 PM

it will be so hot on sunday……

sunday June 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM

guess I’ll have to turn up the ac…..

Craig Cannon June 29, 2013 at 3:42 PM

You know what else is absolutely Stupid, Life Thretenng, and just will be Uncomfortable in the Heat. Drinking Alcohol. A Pitcher of Margaritas Might Sound Very Cooling, but Alcohol, according to the Experts, Dehydrates the Body. Faster than many things. Just another suggestion for our “Human Best Friends”. Stay Sober, Stay Alive. It’s Beer OClock after the Sun-Drops, with these High Temps. This Outspoken Contributor enjoys your Remarks. Good and Bad. Stick Around! We Love Ya!

Teacher wannabe June 29, 2013 at 3:43 PM

@Lorelei. Max 1 yr jail & $20,000 fine. Not enough if you ask me.

@ Mama Dog June 29, 2013 at 4:21 PM

Did you say ANGELA KLEINFIELD?? ANGELA KLEINFIELD sounds like a nice name. Too bad ANGELA KLEINFIELD besmirched her name. ANGELA KLEINFIELD should have thought of her dog instead of whatever ANGELA KLIENFIELD’S errand was. A cup of Joe from Peets that turned into window whopping whilst her dog gasped for cool air to fill his sweet lungs with. I guess we’ll be familiar with that name for a long. long time……

Howard K Mullins III June 29, 2013 at 4:22 PM

@Craig Cannon

You are absolutely correct. Consuming Alcohol in any form is as horrible in heat as it is in cold. It does not work any some people believe.

Water is the best way to stay hydrated, warm or cold. Humans need only water to offset the stress of temperatures.

@ Mama Dog June 29, 2013 at 4:22 PM

I meant window shopping……But it was a whoppingly hot day……

Anon June 29, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Friday at Petco on Concord Ave. I saw a German Shepherd going in and thought it was disabled, the way it was walking. Realized it was because the parking lot was sooo hot. Just a reminder that they’re feet aren’t. As tough as our shoes.

msk June 29, 2013 at 4:56 PM

Maybe she was shopping for baby clothes–and left that poor dog to die. The most inconsiderate a^^wipe–I wonder if she was married?

TinFoiler June 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM

“Watch For Cars Parked Along the Street”.
Ha ha ha, Has anyone seen this sign on Concord Blvd? I mean Really Now!?!?

LocalMom June 29, 2013 at 5:30 PM

People are so friggin stupid! And just on Fathers Day a DAD left his INFANT in his car for AN HOUR while he shopped at Frys Electronics..and all he got was a TICKET!!!

msk June 29, 2013 at 6:03 PM

lol That would be a funny sign to see–there has to be some other venue near that sign. 🙂

bigdaddy June 29, 2013 at 6:09 PM

a dahhhhhhhh

Antler June 29, 2013 at 6:35 PM

#28 ~ ~ ~ Yes, but then I realized that the bicycle lane along that stretch is truly wide enough that vehicle drivers possibly could mistake it for a regular traffic lane.

Toasty June 29, 2013 at 6:39 PM

Saw a little dog left in car with windows down at Downtown Safeway WC Is that enough on a 110 degree day?
I went in to ask and they were gone when I came out. Thank Goodness.
Also saw an old man sleeping in car. It’s so hard to know when to step in and when to mind your own business.

@ Craig June 29, 2013 at 6:41 PM

If there’s ice in the Marg’s you are good to go……:)

Lisa June 29, 2013 at 6:50 PM
Antler June 29, 2013 at 7:01 PM

But that reminds me…….. take note that if you are in Concord and are northwest bound on Concord Avenue, the left turn onto California Street (there’s a dedicated turn lane, but no light) may no longer be made between 3-6 pm. Cross-check me on the times because I was driving and only caught a glimpse of what the road-workers were doing re sign installation.

Dr. Jellyfinger June 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM

It was pretty hot out there today, but nothing a big cold slice of fresh watermelon couldn’t cure. I feel 100% refreshed. Try it!

doglover June 29, 2013 at 9:32 PM

Please, please, please, remember dog’s feet.

Charles-the-cat June 29, 2013 at 10:27 PM

@Antler #8 – Thanks for the tips on how to treat doggie dehydration. Good info that. One thing occurs to me about your plan: DON’T tell the dispatcher that you intend to break the car windows. If you do break the window and the owner presses charges, the police will have no choice but to agree that you are guilty. Say nothing and if the police do ask when they arrive, tell them that some passerby broke the windows and then ran off. The cops will smile and nod and put it in their notes. Also, if you can, have your water and other first aid supplies on hand before you (I mean the passer-by) breaks the window. That way you won’t have to leave the sick and frightened animal alone where he could possibly panic and run/stagger off (possibly into traffic).

shenanigans June 30, 2013 at 3:53 AM

Thought the good people and not-so-smart people might benefit from a youtube video I watched featuring a veterinarians view on this subject matter. Worth a watch.

Cracky McGee June 30, 2013 at 5:50 AM

Fantastic tips! Thanks, Antler and Charles-the-Cat!

Antler June 30, 2013 at 7:44 AM

Charles-the-cat at #39 ~ ~ ~ I would not lie. Also, by stating the reason for my intended action in advance to the police, I have protected myself from being convicted of anything like “malicious vandalism”; and my statement GUARANTEES that a police officer will respond quickly because there is an emergency assistance need actually IN PROGRESS. I might throw in something about requesting backup in case the car/animal’s owner becomes violent toward me, though. Yep, nice touch, especially since I’m pretty harmless unless I have my Fiskars geared pruning shears in hand. 🙂

Good thought about having the water with me to begin with, though! Actually, I would have needed to go back to my vehicle to get something with which to break the window anyway. Have been meaning to get one of those seat belt slasher/hammer gadgets to put in the console between the two front seats, but I do have a hard-sided First Aid suitcase (ahhh, the college-era Samsonite make-up suitcase) with me and that would break a window just fine, considering how angry I would be when swinging it!

Anonymous June 30, 2013 at 10:18 AM

Angela Kleinfeld took her daughter to the movies that day….TO THE MOVIES!!! She KNEW they’d be gone hours, and left that poor dog in a locked car on a day when the temperature outside was 104F. There’s no excuse for not leaving her dog home in the air conditioning of that nice, big Clayton mansion she lives in!! Hope she serves time, hope she’s never allowed to have an animal again!

Hot Dog June 30, 2013 at 2:11 PM

Saw this at Safeway this a.m. Unfrickin’ believeable! Cashier on intercom announced to the store to fix this issue. Also abusing temporary handicap placard, it was expired. CPD please take note and go get easy revenue!

PoorBaby July 3, 2013 at 10:19 AM

I often see nincompoops walking their dogs in the heat. I feel sorry for the dog. Their paws get blistered and burned on the hot pavement. Last week I saw some dumb bimbo walking her big dog in the heat and the poor dog was walking slowly behind her. Too stupid. What happened to common sense? I just don’t get it. I don’t even take my dogs out when it’s near 80 degrees…it’s too damn hot for them. Wake up people! If I question how hot hte pavement is, I walk on it barefoot myself and if I can’t walk on it comoftably, my dogs don’t get to walk on it either.

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