Attleboro city officials are taking animal safety a step further this summer with a “zero-tolerance” policy for pets left alone in cars.
“We passed a law in the legislature in 2016 to increase the fines for offenders who leave their dogs or cats in the car,” Mayor Paul Heroux told NBC 10 News Friday.
Heroux asked the police department to strictly enforce the state law. Offenders will be fined $150 on their first offense, $300 on their second offense and $500 on their third offense.
Heroux said a photo of two dogs left in a car at the Pleasant Street Stop and Shop parking lot sparked outrage online. The woman received a warning.
“That’s when I went public to enforce the state law,” he said.
Animal Control said the temperature reached 101 degrees. Heroux said the dogs were “OK.”
Pet owner Emily Piangerelli said she would never leave her dog, Luna, in a hot car.
“We want to keep her as safe as we possibly can,” she said. “Especially in this heat, we want to make sure she’s inside, cool, and hydrated.”
Massachusetts law requires people call police and search for the owner prior to freeing the animal in the car.