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NSW Dogs in Car Unattended - Police said Illegal?

Discussion in 'Other/General Law Forum' started by lottie, 6 April 2015.

  1. lottie

    lottie Member

    6 April 2015
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    Hi, can anyone help me find the relevant law/s relating to dogs or pets in cars? I left my dog unattended in my car for five minutes and the police came and said it was illegal. I had given the dog food and water and it had a snack to chew on. All the windows (4) were down 10cm. I can't seem to find which law they were referring to. The only ones i can find are about rules when driving, not when the car is parked. Any help gratefully received! thanks
  2. Sophea

    Sophea Guest

    As far as I am aware, it is not "illegal" per se but strongly recommended by RSPCA, Sydney City Council, etc.
  3. Tim W

    Tim W Lawyer
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    28 April 2014
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    In NSW, the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act 1979 provides for a general prohibition on acts of cruelty towards animals.

    Leaving an animal in a vehicle (food and water present or not)
    in circumstances where it can be exposed to excessive heat*
    can certainly give rise to this offence.

    You can find some non-legal information from the RSPCA here.

    * The interior of a car can heat up very quickly indeed (in something like six minutes), and be many degrees hotter than the temperature outside.
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