What If My Car Gets Towed with My Pet Inside?

Having your vehicle towed is no picnic. But what if it’s towed with a pet inside?

Pets being left in vehicles set to be towed is a rare occurrence, but it’s certainly not unprecedented. Tow truck companies and their employees (including Chappelle’s) are instructed to call animal control to meet them at the scene of the tow. Animal control will be told that we are under contract order to perform the tow and that it needs to be treated as an emergency situation.

There are set times that the Clark County Animal Control will respond. If we are faced with removing a vehicle without the aid of animal control, we are happy to provide necessary care for your animal. This includes food and water and a comfortable temperature for your pet.

In most instances, this scenario should never come to pass. While less than half of all states currently have laws in place to protect animals left in vehicles, Washington State happens to be one of them.

If you leave your pet unattended in a motor vehicle and the conditions are such that “the animal might be harmed or killed by exposure to excessive heat, cold, lack of ventilation, or lack of necessary water,” action may be taken by us, a police officer, or animal control to remove the animal.

We are aware that animals, dogs in particular, can suffer serious injury or death in a matter of minutes in hot conditions because they don’t have the same ability as we humans do to cool their bodies.

It is important to note that Chappelle’s Towing does not want to tow a vehicle with an animal inside. If we can see your pet, we will be as gentle as possible and will only perform the tow with the animal inside if we can do so without harming them. We love critters!

Be safe… and keep your pets safe, too! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to call. We’re all ears!

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