It’s Over 100-Degrees in Claycord – DO NOT LEAVE YOUR DOG IN YOUR CAR

July 3, 2013 16:08 pm · 82 comments


Why do people think it’s ok to leave their dog inside their vehicle while they go run errands on 100+ degree days?

This dog was spotted panting inside the hot vehicle, all by itself at about 3pm on Wednesday afternoon.

The picture-taker said the windows were down a little, and the dog did have food & water, but it’s still probably at least 115-degrees inside the vehicle, and most people forget that dogs are wearing coats, and they also can’t sweat. As you can tell, the dog in the picture is hot, and probably very miserable.

At least one dog already died this week after its owner, Angela Kleinfeld, left it in the burning hot vehicle in Pleasant Hill.

Remember, if you wouldn’t leave your groceries in your car when it’s hot, then don’t leave your dog!

Trevor Quinn July 3, 2013 at 4:10 PM

What a precious Pooch!!!!

Chris July 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Cops should’ve been called and the owners windows should have been smashed get that dog out!! Then owners should be arrested!!!!

Lucy July 3, 2013 at 4:11 PM

Where is this dog at??? I hope you called the police!! If not I will go there and do it. July 3, 2013 at 4:13 PM

East & Bacon in Concord. Picture was sent to us around 3pm.

Nick July 3, 2013 at 4:14 PM

Was it necessary to state the name of the woman who left her dog in the vehicle?

Dog Owner July 3, 2013 at 4:15 PM

If it’s 100 outside it’s 165+ Inside that vehicle. Dumb Asses

Trail Runner July 3, 2013 at 4:16 PM

I hope whoever took this picture did more than just send it to Claycord. The police should have been called and windows broken.

Lucy July 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

Im a few blocks away! On my way!

howard July 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

When taking a photo of something like this. Take another showing the license number and the animal.

Chriskap July 3, 2013 at 4:17 PM

All four windows are down at least 5 inches it looks like, and the car looks like it is partial shade and how long were they gone? Take it easy, you can tell the dog is not overheated in this photo. Dogs tongues cool the dog and when they over heat the dogs tongue sticks all the way out. All the way.

TC July 3, 2013 at 4:19 PM

How do you know the dog is hot or miserable? The windows are obviously down and like you said there’s food and water. Why are some people so quick to snitch on someone else.? The world would be so much of a better place if everyone just minded their own business.

KJ July 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

I saw several people walking their dogs yesterday afternoon when it was over 100, and who knows how hot the pavement was.

If you can’t walk barefoot on the sidewalk, don’t make your pet do it!

Mad Mom July 3, 2013 at 4:20 PM

Seriously! How can anyone think that this is OK? UGH!

trey July 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Maybe the reason some of these people are doing this is to deter getting the car from being broken into..and the opposite happens, the dog dies or someone breaks in to rescue it…screwed up logic…

Gail July 3, 2013 at 4:24 PM

I hope the dog survived. Someone should of posted this picture with the owners license plate number. They are a poor excuse for a human.

Jaz July 3, 2013 at 4:25 PM

I would have smashed that window to free the dog. Poor thing. I just posted a video on my fb warning people not to leave their pets in the car. Even with the window cracked there is no breeze going in and the temps are just getting higher and higher. Within 30 minutes that car can get up to 124*
poor dog.

With any luck... July 3, 2013 at 4:26 PM

…that dog was unharmed, but peed and pooped all over the inside of the car while waiting for the owner to return.

tara July 3, 2013 at 4:28 PM

next time call 911!!!!

dogs don’t have sweat glands. even if the windows are rolled down all the way, it’s too hot. I am sensitive to this topic because my friend left her dog in her garage on a hot summer day, thinking, “oh, he is in shade,” and came home to a dead pet: The garage contains the heat.

Here is a tip: to cool a dog down quickly, take a cotton ball, soak it in rubbing alcohol, and wipe their feet with it.

MHR July 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

I would’ve smashed the window after snapping this pic as proof. What in the eff is wrong with people?! Even if its not hot- your dog doesn’t need to go EVERYWHERE with you! Jaysus.

Chriskap July 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Google image “overheated dog” and tell me if this dog looks over heated to you. I have had dogs all my life and was probably over cautions about cars. My dog trainer told me dogs can handle about what a human can, and always need water, and AC they will be fine. I always had water for my dog, window cracked enough depending, and shade, as I would me. Or any one. To me this does not seem like justification for breaking a window. If it was n direct sun and I saw the dogs tongue all the way out, panting heavy, and other sings, depending how long they were gone, I may call police. But break the window, the dog could get out and get hit by a car, or bite you, who knows. Bad idea. Very bad. What is wrong with people now? If you saw a human sitting in this car with windows down a bit in partial shade would you think they were crazy? Had a death wish or something. We are going overboard people with this dog in car hysteria, when sometimes it is ok. I think this is one of those times. But I don’t know how long, it just does not appear to be over heated to me personally, at the time this was taken…..

Mr John July 3, 2013 at 4:29 PM

Take a video showing the dog and license plate. Then call the cops.

Anon July 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Did somebody get the dog out? Did they call the police?

atwork July 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM

such a long day…I really hate seeing things like this. call the cops someone.

Hello brake the window please July 3, 2013 at 4:31 PM

Don’t just take a picture, do something about it. PLEASE

VM July 3, 2013 at 4:32 PM

Happened in Martinez too, at the Chipotle at lunch time. Same situation with her dog. I was ready to call 9-1-1 when the lady/owner came casually walking out. She was bewildered why I was mad about her dog being in the car, said “I was only a minute” as she holds two big bags of to-go food in her arms, probably having ordered something for everyone in her office. I don’t care if it’s “only a minute”, it was over 100 degrees in your car! Please everyone continue to post these warnings because as much as most of the general population is aware and smart about their dogs, there are still many many people who are not. Please go to this video and post on FB, Twitter, whatever. The more we post the more people will hopefully stop and think before they do something that will harm their dog! “Veterinarian Sits in a Hot Car for 30 Minutes”:

Angry July 3, 2013 at 4:37 PM

This dog should be taken away and give to a family that can properly care for it.

Anyone else hear the story out of Fremont yesterday where a father left his TEN month (yes, ten month) old son in the car strapped in the seat, windows rolled up while he went into the strip mall for 15 minutes? It was over a 102 degrees outside? Luckily someone happened to be walking by and heard the baby screaming and crying in the car. They called 911 and authorities were just about to break the window when the dad strolls up. He told them that he leaves his son in the car on occasion to run errands. He was arrested for child endangerment.

Maybe these people should have their cars/licenses taken away for the safety of the kid and animals.

Strad July 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

This keeps happening over and over, I don’t understand why children or animals are left in cars like that. What are they thinking?

mommatotwo July 3, 2013 at 4:39 PM

TC, you try sitting in a 120+ degrees for any length of time. The driver should leave the dog home if he/she cares about the dog at all.

funny guy July 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

lol silly ppl, or you know reach in and unlock the door? that looks to be at 3 inches of window crackage… what are you popeye with giant forearms and cant reach in there?
get the dog to shade and call the popo

dog can handle 115 fine July 3, 2013 at 4:40 PM

I grew up where it would get to 115 in the summer…our long-haired dog didn’t complain…it was lively, and playing with us in the heat…I’m not saying it’s a good idea to leave a dog alone in a car, but whoever says a dog can’t handle 115 is mistaken.

@Chriskap July 3, 2013 at 4:43 PM

Oh, my bad I didn’t notice the waterbowl on the dash and the AC running from the pic (sarcasm).

tara July 3, 2013 at 4:45 PM

I thought it was against the law, in calif., to leave a pet in the car when it’s over a certain temperature outside? can anybody verify this? and perhaps this dog was only left in the car for a few minutes, but come on. You might think you are running in the store for a few minutes, but how many times have you been stuck at a register, or been distracted and spent more time than you thought you were going to, in the store, or run into a chatty neighbor. and times are changing. i work in the city, when i left work it was 92, and when i arrived in walnut creek, i took a photo of the temperature gauge in my car for the outside temperature, …114 degrees. the buildings and the asphalt radiate heat. i am 43, but when i was growing up in the eastbay, it was incredibly rare we would hit triple digit temps.

Mama Dog July 3, 2013 at 4:46 PM

To nick, comment number 5, yes it’s necessary to post the name of the dog killer ANGELA KLEINFELD, because ANGELA KLEINFELD is a monster who made her dog die a horrible, miserable death. ANGELA KLEINFELD can rot in hell as far as I’m concerned.

Loret July 3, 2013 at 4:48 PM

What is the matter with people???!!! It is too damned HOT to have an animal, person or child left sitting in a car in this type of weather! (Regardless if windows are cracked or parked in shade or water left. It’s like baking in an oven and heat can rise within minutes to excess!) I pray that this dog is O.K.. I also want to know WHY people feel the need to take their dogs out in this heat in a car?


Windows are cracked, so what? Car is in partial shade, so what? It is still 100+ in the shade, in that car, and an animal can’t stand that amount of heat for too long. YOU would not sit inside your car in that temperature, so THINK before you leave your poor animal in there. & if you happen to be stupid enough to do so, DON’T GET MAD when someone BREAKS YOUR WINDOW to let your poor “baby” out of the car. People who think that is okay should not be allowed to even own pets. It’s NOT OKAY for BABIES, it’s NOT OKAY for PETS!

Stunt kiter July 3, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Install remote start on your vehicles. Then you can keep you car cool and animals left inside happy. I just installed it on my vehicle and its amazing. Nobody can steal your running car either!

firefighters daughter July 3, 2013 at 4:56 PM

You tell them, Mama Dog! Yes, it certainly was necessary to post ANGELA KLEINFELD’s name. She is a dog killer. Shame on her and the other people who do this to innocent dogs.

@DogOwner July 3, 2013 at 4:57 PM

What makes you think it will be 165 in a car with the windows halfway down?
I’ve sat in my car with the windows all the way down in 100 degrees and it’s 100 degrees inside.

mohairs July 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

i’m just seeing this post at 5pm but did anyone go find this car/dog? he’s been in there for at least 2 hours already.

JLG July 3, 2013 at 4:58 PM

Our pets put so much trust in us. In return we need to look out for their welfare.

Keep your dog at home July 3, 2013 at 5:07 PM

I just read a study where dogs were subjected to different temperatures to test their tolerance for air travel in confined spaces. At 100 degrees, a dog will begin open-mouth panting between 8-10 minutes. So if it’s 100 degrees outside, the car interior will be hotter. I’m thinking this photo was taken shortly after the dog was left (within 10 min) and the witness would have seen it’s condition get progressively worse had they stayed.

The bottom line is why take a chance? Better to clean up an accident from leaving your dog @home confined than come back to a deceased one.

Dorothy July 3, 2013 at 5:10 PM

The cops should have been called right after the picture was taken.

@funny guy #29 Yep, reach in and dog bites, July 3, 2013 at 5:13 PM

thinking you’re trying to invade his territory. Not too bright.

babytruck July 3, 2013 at 5:16 PM

@VM thank you for posting that link. I was just about to do it, good thing I scrolled down.

Now I’m awaiting to see if Lucy was able to reach the dog or maybe the owner came out in time.

Nogooddeed.... July 3, 2013 at 5:19 PM

This just doesn’t look like a dangerous situation or an overheated dog to me… But I would have to have been there to truly know. People assume so much from a photo, and sometimes these are tough calls. But one thing you should know, be ready to take your punches if you smash a window. Figuratively and possibly literally. As I said in another article about dogs in a car, no good deed goes unpunished. I stopped my car to stop a mugging, a man hitting a woman grabbing her purse. She took off, I was in a fight with this guy, threw him in the street. All they saw was me throwing what just happened to be an African American man, into traffic, and you can guess the rest. Hate crime. Be careful. Very careful what you get yourself into with good intentions. BTW, I would do it again. Just how I am.

Patricia Hill July 3, 2013 at 5:30 PM

Please don’t just take a picture!!! Call the police!!! It’s very irresponsible to leave an animal or a child in a car in this heat.

mohairs July 3, 2013 at 5:41 PM

my husband and i just got back from driving around on all the streets and in the parking lots around East & Bacon — including the John Muir hospital parking lot. thank God we saw no animals in any cars. so hopefully that big guy is home in the A/C by now.

Danielle July 3, 2013 at 5:46 PM

Some people just don’t have ANY COMMON SENSE! It’s a “learned behavior”, and if you miss the boat early on, it’s never going to happen. I hope illogical people “marry someone logical”, and I won’t have to read stories like this. Or at least hang other out with people with common sense. How many more animals or little kids have to suffer?????

mel July 3, 2013 at 5:56 PM

Just plain WRONG!

Judge Roy Bean July 3, 2013 at 6:46 PM

Even with the windows down a bit its at least 125 in the car…dogs can get mini strokes when locked up in car in a very short period of time. With all of the posting on Claycord and cctimes and on TV it blows me away to see this.
Then you have the ones who leave the kids in the car also….which is even more dumb and criminal.

valiii July 3, 2013 at 6:47 PM

If you go to this website, you can print great (free) fliers about the
dangers of leaving dogs in cars on warm days.
(If you want to them to send you some there’s a small charge. It is a Sacramento-based rescue group.) We need to get local businesses to display these kinds of signs.
It can be dangerous to leave dogs in cars, even if it’s only 75 degrees outside! Remember, a few years ago, a police dog died when left in a car in Alameda!

anonanonagain July 3, 2013 at 6:59 PM

Shame on this stupid, insipid, selfish woman for leaving her dog in the car. She should be left in her car wearing a jacket for 10-15 minutes with the windows ajar and see how she likes it……

Kirk July 3, 2013 at 7:04 PM

Smash the car windows, then crack the owners skull.

Mama Dog July 3, 2013 at 7:10 PM

My dog loves going for rides in the car, she goes nuts if we start getting ready to leave but aren’t getting her ready. But when it’s hot outside, she stays home! Even if I’m planning to sit in the car while my husband goes into the store or wherever, she stays home if it’s hot. It’s not worth taking a chance and anybody who truly cared about their pet would do the same.
Do you hear that ANGELA KLEINFELD?

G July 3, 2013 at 7:26 PM

Mayor, honestly how can you tell by the picture posted that the dog is hot and probably miserable? I am not siding with anyone I’m just curious on how you are able to tell!?

lg July 4, 2013 at 2:33 AM

I hope you called the police. That person needs to be arrested and charged a big fine.

lg July 4, 2013 at 2:42 AM

The people on here saying the dog looks fine are the people who do this kind of stupid thing! I suggest they do an experiment and see how long they can sit in a car with the windows cracked when it`s 105 outside. And remember that you have an advantage. You dont have a fur coat and you can perspire, dogs cant!!

PH Neighbor July 4, 2013 at 8:12 AM

Did the dog live….
Did the police come. OMG!

Fig Newton July 4, 2013 at 8:33 AM

I would have Called PD,,after i broke out the window,then called KTVU and exposed the owner of the car!!!!!!!!!!!

Nogooddeed.... July 4, 2013 at 9:18 AM

Oh really IG? I sat in my trick yesterday waiting for my wife in the sun with the windows cracked for 1/2 hour and it never got over 85 in my truck… If I was a dog someone fool would have broke the window to save me. The AC was on before I stopped, and by the time she came out the AC was back on, truck on, and we were on our way. So no, we aint the same people who do that. I have had dogs all my life all lived a full good life and I treated them exactly as I would a human, or myself. And I would never leave a human or dog in a dangerous situation. ever. However, break the window, the dog runs out, gets killed by a car, I hope you got o jail. Unless you have a thermometer, the dog does look fine. I have handled and had dogs all my life. I know what a dog looks like that is over heated. This dog is Not overheated imo. Has water. Cracked windows. In partial shade. Healthy. People get a clue. You are the dangerous ones imo.

anon.... July 4, 2013 at 9:26 AM

so wrong… but did anyone stop to think maybe just a quick rx pick up from Bacon east pharmacy?…stillSoWRONG!!!!

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peta says call the police first and if they arent responsive then call them.

No excuse in this heatwave July 4, 2013 at 10:35 AM

Some of these comments talking about how when they sat in their car waiting and it was only 80- something degrees… blah blah blah. Why don’t you wear a head to toe fur jumpsuit and see how comfortable you are waiting in the car in this heatwave now?

Kids, elderly and animals should NOT be left in a car in this heatwave, period. Unless there is an adult passenger in there with them, car running and AC going while the other passenger goes in the store.

Lori July 4, 2013 at 11:15 AM


Dogsaintpeople July 4, 2013 at 11:49 AM

#63, your ignorance is showing. Dogs are different than humans. Humans have skin, dogs fur, dogs cool off perspire through their tongues, humans skin. End of, there aint no fur coat analogy that will save your complete ignorance of how dogs react to heat and humans. My dog trainer taught me, who trained police dogs btw, and handlers, that a dog can handle what a human can as way of heat in a car. Period. I will take an experts opinion over you any day.

Dogsaintpeople July 4, 2013 at 11:55 AM

BTW I will add I would Not sit in a car with the windows up in the sun on a hot day nor allow any dog to. But windows cracked enough, water, partial shade, what I could handle, a dog can. I know from observing dogs when they are too hot they stick out their tongues, all the way, to cool off as much as possible. And squint their eyes a bit, get a distinct look , suffer, this dog imo is not showing those signs in this photo. I think people are over reacting. Yes was a ll love dogs. We do not want them to hurt, suffer, die, but please, this is overboard. And I was one of the first way way back to point out dogs feet on concrete or more so black top burn in hot weather, while people have no clue, I said put your hand on it with some pressure, that is what your dog feels right now, they would fly off the asphalt with their dog onto grass, quick. Also people n bikes towing their dog. A no no. But this? This seems ok, but like I said, I would have to be there, photos lie sometimes.

cici July 4, 2013 at 12:09 PM

I have called the Police. It took 30 minutes to arrive. The owner finally came out and threatened and bad mouthed and still didn’t get it!
Call Animal Control and let them know. The Humane Society says they can’t do anything, but Animal Control can.
Have the owner paged if possible, Most that leave their dogs in the car leave the doors unlocked also (Clueless). Be sure to get back up if after a long time you ever have to break the window. An army of people is needed to protect you from these morons.

Concernicus July 4, 2013 at 12:31 PM

always sad when animals suffer due to human stupidity.

Kat July 4, 2013 at 2:20 PM

At my work today (Starbucks) I saw a small dog locked inside a car with the windows slightly rolled down. The poor thing was running around inside barking like crazy. Immediately I called the police.

Fifteen minutes later they showed up. I was inside the store watching, but apparently the car was gone because they didnt even stop. I’m hoping they took the little guy home. A part of me was hoping they would still be there just so the cops would have a few words with them.. why bring your dog with you while running errands if you’re going to leave him in the (hot) car??? Makes no sense to me.

Elsie Davis July 4, 2013 at 5:06 PM

Why do people think their pets enjoy being dragged all over town? Hot day or not, the poor things would probably be more comfortable in their own back yards or homes. Quit making your pets suffer because of your own insecurities and emotional problems.

Anon July 4, 2013 at 5:49 PM

Thanks to the lab owner who left their dog in front of Luckys on Clayton Road. First off, good job not keep it in the car, and second what a well behaved animal. Almost pet it, but I didn’t want to smell like a dog as well today.

concord Hater #1 July 4, 2013 at 7:38 PM


why not reveal this idiot’s name? when you are stupid, there is not hiding from the rest of society. I sincerely hope that the animal rescue services gets involved and this moron has her dog ownership privileges removed. just because you own a dog, doesn’t mean you can’t abuse it.

And to miss ANGELA KLEINFELD: now everyone knows how much of a disgusting human you are, congratulations.

concord Hater #1 July 4, 2013 at 7:44 PM


Because unlike some people, there are those of us who do really care about the safety of animals. perhaps if you actually ever had a pet you would know how to care for it. animals are like an extension of your family, and they do have emotions. this dog was probably miserable locked in the hot car, in the middle of a heat wave. and believe me, i could care less about being called a snitch, or whatever terms trolls on the internet are using nowadays. you better believe i am dialing the local police for animal abuse on this a-hole ANGELA KLEINFELD.

lucy July 4, 2013 at 9:42 PM

whwen I went to the corner of Bacon and East I did not see this car or the dog. They must have left by the time I got there 🙁

msf. July 4, 2013 at 11:35 PM

you should have just slapped some sense into him if you were there.

lg July 5, 2013 at 7:13 AM

@nogooddeed If it`s 105 than theres no way your truck could only be 85. That`s impossible. And if you think leaving a dog in a hot car is Ok, you`re irresponsible and should not own pets of any kind!! Even if the dog can handle the heat, it`s cruel to do that to them. Leave them home!!!

GetSmart July 5, 2013 at 7:45 AM

I guess people are just not getting it. If a big fine of $5K were involved for anyone leaving a pet in the car, I bet it would stop happening. Money talks loudly to those with little brain and who take longer to catch on. I hope this beautiful dog was ok at the end.

Nogooddeed.. July 5, 2013 at 9:13 AM

Impossible? no. It is actually true. I had the AC on until we stopped. She went in, I stayed in the truck with the window down a bit and hers down, and thre truck stayed cool, then got a little warmer, by the time she came out I was about to turn on the AC. As I said, I would have to be there. To know. Where they near by? In and out? I would never leave a dog in a dangerous situation. Or a person. I only gave my opinion from this one photos, which is very little to go on, what I thought. However, a dog cannot roll a window down, turn on the AC or go out if they need to. I would not assume a dog is ok unless I was near by or in the car with him. For more than a few minutes best. Windows down a bit, in partial shade, of I was there, and knew, who knows. I just don’t think this dog is in danger. If his tongue was all the way out, or if I knew for a fact the owner was gone for a long period etc.. I may act. But please, people are over reacting.. And I am the one who would die for my dog. Any day, and him me. So spare me.

@getsmart July 5, 2013 at 1:36 PM

You can’t collect from some who has nothing. These people never have cash or assets so fines mean nothing

Jeffrey Goins July 7, 2013 at 8:45 AM

It’s funny how not too far from here people actually mind their own business. The dog is obviously fine. For those who say you would bust the window to “free” the dog – I would call PD on you for vandalism and dog-napping. You people and your self-rightesness need to get a reality check.

How would you feel if your window was smashed and your dog was gone? Exactly. You’d cry and complain and find someone to blame.

Mind your own business!

Monica Whitmer July 8, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Whether This dog is in distress or not, everyone needs a plan of action that is fair and reasonable regarding a dog in a car on a hot day. If I see this situation, where the dog is Not in obvious distress, the First thing I do is leave a note on the car explaining what is wrong with what I see. Next, I try going into a couple very close by businesses. This should not take more than 5 – 10 minutes. If the people are not where I look and have Not come out by the time I have done due diligence, then I will call authorities, and probably attempt to open the car. As some said, if the windows are open a couple inches and IF the dog is not aggressive, then I will let him out. I always carry a leash, so I can handle it.

On the other hand, if the dog is truly distressed, either scratching whimpering, etc, I will go directly to opening the car – After taking a short video proving the dog is in distress and also recording the exact time I saw what was going on. If the dog is OK after getting them out of the car, I can just wait there. If the dog needs medical care, I leave a note and taek the dog to a vet. After the dog is out and safe, I can call the cops or Animal control.

Having a plan keeps you logical. Having note paper on hand, or a pre printed message Also helps. Having a cell phone to take a video to Prove distress also helps. The trick is actually Knowing when a dog is struggling. And IF not in distress and you wait 10 minutes, you have eliminated the Alibi that they were Just running in for 2 minutes!!!

Of course this ALL takes time, and you have to be willing to do what needs to be done. The dogs, and children for that matter, will thank you!

Laura Zah July 8, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I was in the Clayton Safeway about 5:30 pm & they paged “The person with the dog locked in the car with the windows rolled up, please come to the customer service counter”. Stupidity never dies….

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