You’re the Key to Preventing Dog Deaths in Hot Cars
Posted by credd on May 24, 2017
Rising temperatures call for greater caution:
Never leave your dog in a hot car. Temperatures in a car can rise to 100 degrees—in just minutes—on a 78-degree day.
• Dogs live in fur coats 24/7. They can only pant and sweat through their paws in order to release heat—but that’s not enough to keep them cool in a hot car.
• Cracking the window or parking in the shade will not protect them from heatstroke.
• Dogs can sustain brain damage and can even die within 15 minutes of being trapped in a hot car.
• Heatstroke leads to an agonizing death. Some dogs struggle to escape the vehicle, bloodying their paws, salivating heavily, and often losing control of their bladders.
Remember: It’s an emergency if an animal is confined to a vehicle in hot weather. If you see one, please follow these lifesaving steps:
• Take down the car’s color, model, make, and license-plate number.
• Have the owner paged in nearby stores, and call local humane authorities or the police.
• If the police are unresponsive or take too long to arrive and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will vouch for your assessment. Take steps to remove the suffering animal, and then wait for the authorities to arrive.
Don’t wait until an animal is in danger. Prevention is key. 🔑🔑🔑
You can help by printing out the sign above and hanging it on your, your friend’s, or your parent’s rearview mirror when the car is parked. Let it serve as a reminder to your loved ones and those walking by never to leave a dog in a hot car.