Surprisingly, it is not illegal to leave a dog in a hot car in Australia. That is of course unless the dog dies, then you will be charged with a breach of your duty of care for the animal and could be sent to prison.
It is also illegal to leave your car windows down when your car is unattended to allow for ventilation.
The best practice is obviously never to leave your dog in your car. These days, people really don’t like seeing it and you can bet your bottom dollar that a good human will smash your car window to rescue your dog. Let’s be honest, dogs are better than humans anyway.
While this is technically the destruction of property and is an offence, you will be dismissed in court if you try to sue the person who smashed your window to rescue your dog.
Don’t be a piece of shit, leaving a dog in a hot car is torture.
Leaving your dog in your car is legal in;
- New South Wales
- Australian Capital Territory
- South Australia
- Western Australia
- Northern Territory