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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Absolutely screw the consiquences, I'll pay for the window. Those people shouldn't even have pets

A. Street/Austi...

Never has a summer gone by that I do not find a dog being left in a hot vehicle or in the back of a steel pickup truck on a 103* Day!!! The most important thing is getting the animal out of the hot car....First call 911 and report the location and type of vehicle. Go into the store and get the store manager involved. Hopefully they can track the person down by a page over the intercom...Try to avoid a confrontation however the more people involved the more embarrassed and probably ticked off offender will be and hopefully will become educated in a hurry by default and embarrassement...
I have flyer's like what is posted on this sight that I will leave on the windshield of the car or truck. Some people will try to get by with parking their vehicle in a shady spot with the window's cracked however on a 100* degree day it does not make that much of a difference in the temperature variation. The animal can still become overheated and is at risk of heatstroke...Involve yourself. Turning a blind eye is just as bad...Let a Department Store Manager be the bad guy and confront the ignoramious....
Good Luck Pet Patrol Personnel....


The back of trucks is just as bad and even less talked about, those metal beds are like stove tops turned on and burn the pads of dogs feet!

Karen Stewart

Neither the police or animal control will come when you call that an animal is locked inside a car on a hot day. I know because I called, they did not respond. Later when I questioned them, I was told by the police here in Hemet that they did not respond to those kinds of calls.


WTF? Really? They do not respond????? Unacceptable. I keep seeing these emails that say Animal cruelty is now a felony in all states, so locking an animal in a 130 degree hot car is not cruel?


That might have happened where you live but I know that here in Arizona, where our temps even in winter time can kill an animal inside a car that 911 -always- responds. They send out the fire department however as they have the equipment to get into cars. (as a side note you should always call if you see a fridge with the door still on it that is abandoned.) They are very quick to respond here as I have had to call several times over the last 10 years.


Oh my gosh, Karen! That's horrible that the police or animal control won't come help! That makes me furious. I think they should get in trouble too, for not helping these poor animals. Thank you, Karen, for calling them anyway, & thanks for caring!


There are way to many incidents of this.. Have been for years! Once owned a Store & my add for the Whole summer season was about not leaving Pets in Cars.. Every week in the various papers! That was 15 years ago! If you have a Brick,Use it! I've had many times in the town where I live that I have called animal control,or gone into establishments & screamed at people more than once to take car of their Dogs! Remember,we're supposed to be smarter than our dogs? Leave them at home! Also,for heavens sake don't tie them up outside to a metal grate! While you go in air conditioning to have your damn latte! Smarten up people!

Elly Ross

If you see an animal in a car in hot weather and call 911, by the time anyone comes to rescue the animal it could die. More drastic measures should be allowed like being able to bust a window without prosecution.

Rachel Schwartz

As I was getting into my car in the parking lot of a restaurant, I noticed a little furry dog all curled up in the back seat of a car in the sun. It must have been 90F that day. I decided I wasn't going to let that animal suffer and die. I ran back into the restaurant and told the manager to make an announcement immediately. A woman came up and she said that she knew her dog would be fine and that there was no problem. I told her that unless she opened that car and took out the dog, I was going to call the police and they would arrest her for animal cruelty. I have to tell you that I was shaking on the inside even if I appeared perfectly confident on the outside. I got a glass of cold water and literally pulled the woman to her car. I let the dog drink and then I poured the rest of the water very slowly on it while stroking it. The dog was OK but limp. I told the dog owner to take him to the vet right away to make sure that he hadn't suffered damage already. I scared her by telling her that I had her license plate number and I definitely was going to report her to the authorities. I took a picture of her with the dog.