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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.

Comments

Comments

Mary

easily bust out the window with my hammer.first call 911 then slam!

Joanne

I just do not understand why you cannot get the help you need when you find an
animal in the car. I had a lady argue with me at a Walgreens cause I reported it.
I also find it at Walmart's parking lots. The cops do not come fast enough and
forget animal control they are useless. I think we have to get all the stores on
board to check their parking lots and report inside the store any dog they find out
there. This should not be happening to such loving babies. PLEASE ALL OF US NEED
TO HELP AND BE ON THE LOOK OUT. IT WOULD ALSO BE GREAT IF STORES LIKE
WALMART, KMART, WALGREENS WOULD PUT SIGNS ON THEIR DOORS STATING
PARKING LOTS ARE BEING CHECKED FOR DOGS LEFT IN CARS.
THIS IS CRUELTY!!!!! GET ON BOARD EVERYONE!!!!!!!

rita alexander

i live in central ala I walk around that parking lot at wall mart if I do see a dog in a hot car I go in and get them to get the s o bitch on the inter com so I can beat the living shit out of them the put them in the hot car

vickie

I actually did go into a grocery store and told the mgr about 2 dogs in a car windows cracked-it was a very hot day almost 90. They called the police, in the mean time the owners came out, was very rude and nasty, almost hit me backing up before the cops got there. I was told by the cops, that if I would have broke the window he would be taking me to jail. that dogs have a way of cooling themselves off and if the dog was not laying on the floor in distress there was nothing wrong. I explained the dogs were really panting and the cops said that was normal. He also explained the dogs are the owners property and they can do what they want. I guess Milwaukee, Wisconsin does not have any laws regarding this. the cop was a real jerk. We had to go inside the store to talk because we were sweating standing outside. He gave me more of a hard time instead of going after the people with the dogs.

Wendy Walbrecht

Wow! Stunning!

ABolton

The last time this happened I called the police and was standing at the vehicle the entire time. Another customer walked up to me in the parking lot and just as he was going to bust out the window, with me assisting the owners came out of the store. Basket over flowing with groceries so they had been in there too long. The puppy was ok but the owners weren't after we got informed them what a neligent cruel act this was and that the police had been given all their information. Hopefully they won't do it again. Poor puppy

Robyn

Someone a know saw a dog in a car on a very hot day in a Walmart parking lot. She went in and notified customer service and they would not do anything, not even make an anoucement. They said "we don't do that." I cannot comprehend people these days!

Kellie

I recently got in an argument with a man and woman who stood in the postal shop in the nice AC while they left their dog in the car. It was 91 degrees outside. The man threatened me. When I walked out, there was a woman who was so worried about the dog we called 911 together. In this country we continue to breed dumb people. I would love each of them to either sit in a hot car or be chained in the back of a truck with a metal bed to have some type of awareness.

griffin

I once went back inside a Target store to have them page the owner of a car out when I saw the dog inside and the employee said they were not allowed to get involved!!! Couldn't believe it. Irresponsible stores just want people to carry on spending money.

Nancy Lewis

Don't bother calling 911 in the event you can't reach animal control; I did so for two dogs trapped in a small black sports car, but when an officer arrived, he said he would not arrest the car's owner since the windows were cracked. That's the law. Doesn't matter that the dog's were near dead.

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