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It Takes Only Minutes: Please Don’t Leave Pets in Hot Cars!

Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 9:45am

Each year, thousands of beloved companions succumb to heatstroke and suffocation when left in parked cars. It happens most often when people make quick stops—the dry cleaners, the bank or the local deli. Folks, we need to be clear on this: It takes only minutes for your pet to face death—and it doesn’t have to be that hot out. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160 degrees. Even with the windows cracked. 

You can help save pets from dying in hot cars. Simply take the following actions: 

  • Educate people. Hang this printable flyer [PDF] up in your local grocery store, veterinary hospital, animal shelter and other local businesses.

  • If you see something, say something. If you see a dog alone in a vehicle, immediately call animal control or 911. Local law officials have the ability to enter vehicle and rescue the pet. Do not leave until help has arrived.

  • Try to find the car’s owner. If you are out and you see a dog locked in a car, tell the nearby store manager immediately. Don't be shy.

  •  And please, no matter how much your dog loves to go along when you run errands, don't take a chance. Leave her home where she is safe. 

For more information, visit our Summer Safety Tips!

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Michelle

break the window then call 911!

Michelle

break the window then call 911!

canoehead

Call 911, have them paged, all of the above. But stand by the car with a tire iron. The cops will come faster, and so will the owner, but you will not have broken any laws.

lindalee76

I would call 991, with tag #, take a pic of the car with the dog(s), tag #, send to local tv station stating location of car. Go in store, have owner page with msg stating police & local tv crew on their way. Go back to car, have water waiting for the poor little animals. This type of person does not deserve an animal!!

kenda wade

I'd bust the windshield, that way the owner may have to walk home in the heat.

dONNA fOOTE

I would report it immediately and make sure that they let the pet out!!!!!!!!!!! Should not be!!!!!!!!!!! GRRRR

kay stice

I have gone into the store and had security call the police. People you think you are doing them a favor by letting them go with you. If you think it doesn't get hot put a thermometer in you car and check after a few minutes.

Alexis

In Lewisburg, TN the only animal shelter is a small 20 dog capacity building. Last week they had 28 dogs on the premises. They were contacted about the adoption of 9 of these dogs. The were claimed for adoption. Unfortunately, the shelter, (knowing that the dogs were to be adopted within a matter of hours) decided to euthanize 13 dogs. All the 9 dogs claimed for adoption were killed. After receiving a small amount of media attention this shelter has vowed to euthanize all dogs every three days.

Please sign this petition to demand investigation into this matter.

https://www.change.org/petitions/we-demand-an-investigation-of-lewisburg-animal-shelter-s-practices#

Thank you for your time.

Cheryl

I printed up some flyers that I put on the windshield. If the dog is in distress, I'd break the window and call the police. Typically I'll follow the dog owner and tell them that its too hot out and their dog could die and I'll call the police if they do not return to the car right away. This has worked in the past...I've had 2 people leave stores and return to their cars. I'm shocked at the ignorance of people who will still take their dogs for rides on warm or hot days just to sit in the car. Anything can happen and they are better off at home safe.

Kea Meyers

I actually just dealt with this situation this past weekend. When I saw the dog in the car, I immediately went into the restaurant where the car was parked asking who owned the car. I told him that I was going to call the police if he did not remove the dog from the car. He turned on the A/C, but I still called 911 and the local Animal Patrol officers.

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