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The summer heat has arrived and Park County Sheriff Scott Steward  reminds residents it takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation.  Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. 
“Most people do not realize how hot it can get in a parked car on a warm, summer day” commented Sheriff Steward.  “On a 75 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees -- and hit a scorching 160 degrees if parked in the sun.  Even when the outside air temperature is in the 60s, temperatures inside some vehicles can reach the danger zone on bright, sunny days.  Many experts recommend not leaving pets in parked cars even for short periods if the temperature is in the 60s or higher.”
Rolling down a window or parking in the shade doesn't guarantee protection either, since temperatures can still climb into the danger zone. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.
Sheriff Steward recommends the following precautions to keep your pets safe in the hot summer months:

  • Leave your dog at home on warm days.
  • On trips with your pet, bring plenty of fresh drinking water and bowl.
  • Try not to let dogs ride loose in pick-up truck beds.  The hot metal can burn a dog's paws, the sun and flying debris can hurt the animal or it can accidentally be thrown out of the truck if the brakes are suddenly applied.  The dog can also jump out if scared or upon seeing something interesting to chase.  Instead, use a crate to create a safer space for the dog if you can't fit the dog inside the truck cab.
  • Take the dog into the shade, an air conditioned area, or to the vet if you see signs of heat exhaustion, which include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, or lack of coordination. To lower body temperature gradually, give the animal water to drink, place a cold towel or ice pack on the head, neck and chest, and/or immerse the dog in cool (not cold) water. Call your veterinarian. 
If you see a dog left alone in a hot car (whether in the city or county), take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number.  Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call the Park County Sheriff’s Dispatch Center at 307-527-8700 and an officer will be sent to evaluate.   Have someone keep an eye on the dog.  Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.  Finally, it is a violation of Wyoming State Statute to leave a pet unattended in a standing or parked motor vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal.
Summer is a time of family and fun.  Don’t take a chance with your pet’s safety.  One mistake can lead to tragedy.  For more information on how to keep your pets cool in the summer, contact your local veterinarian or refer to the Humane Society website at:



Non-Emergency Numbers
  (307) 527-8700
Powell: (307) 754-8700

Sheriff’s Civil Process &

Office Hours: 
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Cody:   (307) 527-8710
Powell: (307) 754-8710

General Fax Number:
Cody:   (307) 527-8708
Powell: (307) 754-8708

Sheriff’s Detention Center:
Cody:   (307) 527-8750
Powell: (307) 754-8750

Detention Center Administrative Assistant:
(307) 527-8714 or
(307) 754-8714

Park County/ Cody Law
Enforcement Center
1402 River View Drive
Cody, WY 82414

On June 15, 2016, Park County Sheriff Scott Steward promoted Deputy Investigator Joe Torczon to Lieutenant in charge of the Park County Detention Facility.  Lieutenant Torczon was selected from a pool of qualified candidates after an extensive review and interview process.  He replaces Lieutenant Todd Larson who recently resigned to accept a city administrator position in Seldovia, Alaska. 
In making the promotion, Sheriff Steward praised Lt. Torczon’s experience and professionalism.  “Joe brings years of experience to the table, not only in detention administration, but in overall law enforcement operations,” commented Steward.  “He not only has supervisory experience in our detention facility but was instrumental in bringing the three Little Sand Coulee Homicide murderers to justice.  I am confident in his dedication to duty, professionalism, and ability to serve the needs of our residents to the standards they have come to expect from all of our staff.”
In accepting the assignment, Lt. Torczon commented that his first priority is to become more familiar with current detention operations, especially the staff.  “There are a lot of new deputies in the jail since I last worked there and I want to get to know them on both a personal and professional level,” said Torczon.  “After that, my priority is to review current procedures in order to ensure more continuity in operations; the ultimate goal being increased safety and security for both the staff and the prisoners.”
Lieutenant Torczon joined the Park County Sheriff’s Office in 2005 as a detention deputy, eventually attaining the rank of sergeant in 2007.  In 2011, he was transferred to the patrol division and then in 2013, appointed the department’s lone detective. 

Pictured:  Lieutenant Joe Torczon (left) and Sheriff Scott Steward.

  • Population - (28,702 from 2012 Census iinformation)

• The county seat is Cody.

• The county contains the
majority of Yellowstone
National Park's total area. 


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