Chief Mike Zaro (253) 830-5000 • Fax (253) 830-5069 •
Station address: 9401 Lakewood Drive SW, Lakewood, WA 98499; Phone: (253) 830-5000


Your car may be a deathtrap!

Never, never leave your dog or cat in a parked car during the hot summer days- not even for a short trip to the store. The build up of heat inside your car can kill your pet very quickly. On an average summer day the temperature inside your car can reach an unbearable 160 degrees in the sun. Even if you leave your windows cracked a little, your dog or cat can die of heat prostration within a very short time. Even if your pet survives the hot car, he or she could easily suffer unseen brain damage.

Dogs and cats don’t sweat the same way people sweat. An animal’s lungs are its main cooling system. When your pet has only overheated air to breath, he or she can’t live very long. Remember, shaded parking areas, open windows and air conditioned cars with motors off won’t work (illegal to leave your car running). If you love your pet, leave it home.

06.4.045 - Confinement of Animal in a Motor Vehicle

No owner or person shall confine any animal in a motor vehicle in such a manner that places it in a life or health threatening situation by exposure to a prolonged period of extreme heat or cold, without proper ventilation or other protection from such heat or cold. In order to protect the health and safety of such animal, an animal control officer or law enforcement officer who has probable cause to believe that this section is being violated shall have the authority to enter such motor vehicle be any reasonable means under the circumstances after making a reasonable effort to locate the owner or person in control of the motor vehicle. (Ord. 149 ? 13, 1997)

06.4.060 - Penalty for Violation

Violation of any of the provisions of Sections 6.04.010. 6.04.020, 6.04.025, 6.04.030, 6.04.040, 6.04.045, 6.04.050, 6.04.090, or 6.04.100 of this Chapter shall constitute a civil infraction punishable by a fine in an amount not to exceed $75.00 for the first offense, a fine in an amount not to exceed $125.00 for the second offense and a fine in an amount not to exceed $250.00 for the third and all subsequence offenses. Each day during which a violation of any of the above sections occurs constitutes a separate infraction. (Ord. 319 ? 3, 2003; Ord. 205 ? 3, 1999; Ord. 40 ? 2 (part),1996.)