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Urgent Alert: Dogs in Hot Cars

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 11:45am
Dogs in Hot Cars

As summer heats up, it’s tempting to bring your pet with you on car rides around town. Sadly, many people believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool in the car while they make a quick pit stop—but they couldn’t be more wrong. When it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees in less than 30 minutes.

Worse still, dog can’t cool themselves down as easily as people, and once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die. That’s why leaving an animal alone in a car is more than just a bad idea, it’s a form of animal cruelty. And since the ASPCA can’t be everywhere at all times, we need YOU to be our eyes and ears on the ground.

To help save animals from dying in hot cars, take the following actions:

  • Immediately call animal control or 911 if you see an animal trapped in a hot car. Local law officials have the ability to enter the vehicle and rescue the pet.
  • Do not leave until help has arrived.
  • Notify the managers of nearby businesses so they can make an urgent announcement.
  • Sign our Hot Car Pledge to help save lives this summer and all year long.

We are working hard to spread awareness about the dangers of hot cars, but all too often, the difference between life and death comes down to the actions of individuals like you. We hope you will join our cause by keeping an eye out for dogs in distress, and by making a donation today. Together, we can prevent more tragedies and make this summer our safest season yet.

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Rick

I live in a small town in Oklahoma and they do have a so called animal control oficer. One day last year I saw 2 hunting dogs in a solid medal box with holes in it in 100+ degree weather in the back of a open flat bed truck in the hot sun. They have to be hot!!! I called the local police and reported the abuse. They said they would have their animinal control oficer sent right away. I could see the police station where the animal control oficer truck was parked. It took over 45 minutes before he got there. He didn't do anything I have lived in Oklahoma for over about 25 years and am from the Massachusetts area over 40 years before that. I was brought up believing that every animmal is precious and shoulld have not be abused. If the animal control oficer didn't do anything then what!!! We raise dogs and everyone one of them is spoiled rotten . I would never abuse them.
So if the local law and the the animal control officer don't help the animals then where can you go? There are so much animal abuse here,yet nothing gets done. I feel for those poor animals that are still being abused. ASPCA needs to help these poor annimals! Please help!!! I can't help with money,but I can help with love and concern with the animal abuse here. PLEASE HELP THESE ANIMALS!

marie

i have left notes on windows, looked for owners
if i had to would break window for animal or child

Bill

I call 911 and then break a side window and hope the owner shows up before the police,Then let them tell the police why they should not get fined.

Pamela Craghill

Will people never learn. If they haven't the basic intelligence to kknow that a dog should not be left in a car on a hot day, then they should not have them. You know your limitations in life, so think about the dog, not yourself.

DEBRA BARNETT

IDEA: WHY NOT CREATE SIGNS AND FLYERS THAT CAN BE POSTED ON OR NEAR BUSINESS ENTRYWAYS THAT ARE REMINDERS OR WARNINGS ABOUT LEAVING FAMILY MEMBERS IN THE CAR. OFFER AT LEAST THE IDEA OF PARKING LOT PATROL SO PEOPLE WILL REALIZE THAT THEY WILL BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE FOR THEIR NEGLIGENCE AFTER AUTHORITIES ARE CALLED, THEY COULD VERY WELL LOOSE A CAR WINDOW AND THE PET LEFT INSIDE PLUS FACE JAIL TIME AND FINES

Paula

Yeah, not all local police care.
I saw a dog in a car in EASTON, MA and call the local police. The dog officer was gone for the day and they said I could leave a message in her voice mail.
I recalled and talked to an officer: I was told they don't reply. Basically it stinks to be a dog in Easton, MA. They should be ashamed. Jerks!

Sue

Some of these folks who claim to be protecting the welfare of pets need to be sure they are not just doing it because they love to get on their "high horses" or to "police others."

I'm also diligent about spotting pets in cars that may need help. Not too long ago, at a supermarket, I was just about to start my car to leave, when a women with a dog parked near me. As she walked by my car, I asked her nicely if she was going to be long...because of her dog and it's a hot day. She said she only had two things to get and would be right back. I nicely said "OK, but I'll stay here until you get back." She did come back quickly and all was well. Believe me, if a see a dog or child in trouble, I will act appropriately by calling store managers, 911, or breaking a window.

Then there was a time when my mother, my two dogs, and I drove to a farmer's market at a treed, plantation setting. We parked in the shade, rolled the front windows all the way down and the back windows half-way down. It was a pleasant day in the low 70's...totally not too hot. I walked about 10 feet away, when I was accosted by two women LOUDLY dressing me down for leaving dogs in the car on a "sweltering hot" day. I finally raised my hand and "Hey, hey, hey, wait a minute. Don't you see my mother sitting in the front seat? She has the car keys and will turn on the air IF it starts to get hot in the car....." In a huffy manner, they said they had not seen my mother in the front seat, and without apology or even laughing it off, they left. I had the distinct impression that I had spoiled their right to yell at someone. Unbelievable!

Some for instances: At a rest stop on a hot day, if some folks take all their picnic stuff to a table, but leave their dog in the car -- I'd let them know they need to bring their dog along. However, if someone leaves their dog in the car, but runs towards the restrooms, they probably have every intention to go and return quickly....then I would just sit by and wait. If too much time goes by, then do something.

Honestly, we all need to be concerned and diligent. But we also need to be sure we are reading the situation correctly.

Anonymous

AND BREAK THE DAMN WINDOW!!!!!!!

Paola

Perhaps others would like to do what I have initiated here in San Diego County. I provide cities with warning signs that are installed in parking lots and parks. Visit http://solnair.org/ for more information regarding these heat warning sign projects.

Madea N.

I called the cops last week, right in front of A PET STORE, BELIEVE IT OR NOT, because a young guy and girl left their pit bull inside with the windows cracked and it was 98* and humid and hot as hell. NOT TO MENTION, PETS ARE WELCOME IN THE STORE! IDIOTS!

I WILL CALL THE COPS IN A MINUTE, WITHOUT HESITATION!!

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