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Is it okay for me to leave my dog in the car with the AC running?

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This afternoon I ll be bringing my dog to the park in town, along with running some errands but I m afraid that people will get the wrong idea if they see her in the car by herself. I m just going into the bank, for no longer than five minutes, and I ll be leaving the spare key in the ignition to allow the AC to run and also to lock the doors.

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asked Aug 2, 2017 in Pets by Kate

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It really depends on where you live. Morally it may not be a good idea. Where I live, it's illegal to leave a dog in the car. This one couple tried to leave their staffie in the car on a semi-warm day, and I wasn't having any of it. I confronted them about their dog and told them that it was illegal to leave a dog in the car without supervision. They rolled own the window and literally said, "You supervise him." and just walked off. They said they wouldn't be gone long. I watched and made friends with the dog for three hours. When they finally came back, they were actually shocked to see I was still there.
answered Aug 2, 2017 by RobusWhiteWolf
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My friend did something simliar and the dog locked her out of the car. Is your dog crated or seatbelted in, so that it can change the gears?

I have remote start and the car will run for 15 min, with the air on and locked. I use that feature a lot for when I'm traveling to and from long distance dog shows and need to stop at a restroom. My dogs are crated with fans on the crates.

If this is something you do, it may be worth looking into installing a remote start. BTW, I love the feature, not just because of the dogs, but because I can start the car and heat it up in the middle of the winter, I get into a nice warm car :)
answered Aug 2, 2017 by WyrDachsie
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No don't! The first time I did I forgot to push the window lock button and my four dogs were running around in the parking lot. The second time I remembered the lock but something happened to the a/c and it quit blowing cold. Thank god I wasn't gone long either time because both times could have had terrible outcomes and I would have never forgave myself. Mine love to ride but unless I have a passenger to stay with them they don't go!! I sometimes bring them treats back.
answered Aug 2, 2017 by Beth
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We have done this with our show cats on trips. We can lock the car with A/C on and eat our lunch or supper and come back and everything is fine. Most people can hear the car running. Never had a problem.
answered Aug 2, 2017 by Ocimom

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