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District Attorney warns people to think twice about leaving children or pets in cars

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District Attorney warns people to think twice about leaving children or pets in cars

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The consequences of leaving infants or pets in cars can be devastating, especially during a heatwave.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley is speaking out about it to prevent unintended deaths from happening under her watch.

"Not only is it a life sentence from an emotional standpoint, but you could go to jail or prison if you engage in either one of these behaviors," said Dudley.

She has granddaughters and a furry four-legged-friend to think about.

"Don't assume it is always the people who don't care. Assume if you are under a lot of stress, make sure there is a check and balance about your animals and your children."

Sometimes Dudley's dog, Oh Be Joyful, (named after a trail in Crested Butte, Colorado) goes to the office with her and enjoys a walk on the Santa Barbara County Courthouse lawn.

Dudley doesn't recommend breaking a car window but said if you sense a dangerous situation call 911. It will help you sleep at night.

"Call 911. Do not for a moment think whether it is worthy of a phone call to call 911. You're concerned about it, call 911. Period."

Dudley said some people just need to be reminded not to take any chances with loved ones.


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