Leaving an animal in a hot car could soon be a felony in Michigan

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You could get jail time for leaving your pet in a hot car

Leaving an animal in a car in Michigan could soon be a felony.

If passed, Michigan would join 16 other states with similar laws making it illegal to keep an animal in a hot car.

Those states include: Arizona, California, Illinois, Maine, Maryland, Minnesota, North Carolina, Nevada, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont and West Virginia.

If an animal dies inside a vehicle, the person responsible could face a $5,000 fine or a five year jail sentence.

An animal injured by the effects of a hot car could result in a $1,000 fine or a year in jail. Meanwhile, first offenders could receive a $350 fine or up to two months in jail.

Here are the steps you should take if you see a pet left in a hot car:

  • Take down the car's information
  • Check nearby businesses to alert the pet owner of situation
  • If you can't find the owner, call the police or animal control

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