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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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karina

Victoria, isn't it just moronic how stupid and svery ignorant people are? Who really thinks it is okay to leave any living thing in a hot car with the windows sealed shut? I really think this is deliberate torture borderlining on a murder attempt..as we see DEATH is more often than not the result....

Victoria

How is it that there aren't new laws that can make people be more accountable for the life they chose to be responsible for, it's 2014 almost 15 and all sorts of old laws are being revised because they just don't make sense in this day and age with what we know, animals cruelty is when either your ignorance or indifference causes harm to a living, breathing, feeling, being, and the law states for people crimes ignorance of the law isn't an excuse, your still prosecuted and yet people are given chances and warnings and notices and 2 weeks to improve the situation with animals. How will any one learn it's not acceptable if no one pays the price!

Carol

Sometimes I wonder if those that leave the windows rolled up in a car with an animal or child inside, if its not really a negative wish in their subconscious mind to "forget" and leave the windows up. ??? I think they should be reprimanded & fined heavily!

KARINA

AGREED!

walt

Break the damn WINDOW if all fails.

Rene (Tony)

I'm with you, Walt!!

CINDY

I WILL CALL FOR HELP IF I SEE ANOTHER DOG WHO HAS BEEN LEFT IN A CAR AND WAIT FOR THE POLICE OR THE HUMANA SOCIETY TO GET THERE. BUT WILL I GET INTO ANY TROUBLE WHEN THE OWNER GETS THERE? IT MAKES ME MAD THAT PEOPLE DO THIS I NEVER TAKE MY DOGS WITH ME EVEN MY SERVICE DOG BECAUSE I KNOW IT IS TOO HOT EVEN WITH THE WINDOW CRACKED.

Rene (Tony)

I'm a wild west type of person and will break the damn window if the police don't get there 15 mins max, or sooner, if the creature looks dangerously distressed. I'll take care of the "angry" owner, one way or another, if if they're still stupid enough to be angry. Sorry, I'm not a gentil type of person.

carolyn nichols

When I travel, it's just me and my dog and they won't allow animals in rest area restrooms so I leave the car running with a.c. and put my dog in her crate so she won't roll windows down and lock the car. I don't know any better way to do it.

Valerie

I do the same thing, as I also travel Alone with my Favorite Girls which happen to be my Dogs. When Im on the road and have to stop for a Potty break,its usually Me who has to run into a Restroom hoping to be less than 5 minutes. Then I immediatly run to my car to take them out and let them do their thing. The Car is Usually Cool enough so that before I run to the restroom, they are cool enough until I get back. I dont like to leave my keys in the car, for I fear anyone stealing my Car AND My Dogs. I try to be as Quick as I possibly can..

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