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.