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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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humaneofficer

Unfortunately a lot of Officers are not familiar with Animal laws and therefore dont even know what is at their disposal. now they should simply have a code sheet for City ordinances in their vehicle, but it still depends and is at the Officers discretion as to what to do next. Cracked windows mean nothing since the air movment is only as wide as the crack in the window and will not reach the animal nor is it enough to change the temp in the vehicle. I judge by the conditioning of the animal, heart rate, severity of panting, if there is time to send someone inside to attempt to get the owner outside I will stay behind and keep an eye on the dogs. If there is non and the animal appears to pass out or such then I bust a window open and once the animal is cared for I will write the owners a ticket.

heidigirl

if i see a dog alone in a car on a hot day i observe the dogs actions for about 2seconds and then i try the door, if it is unlocked i open it, take the dog out and call the dog warden or the police. my getting involved is not a concern when a dog is in trouble. i think it would be allright i'm a big girl now the dog needs help and i'm there.dogs rule!

jim woodward

obviously, you do the ONLY right thing to do when you see a baby, human or animal, in a car with the windows up.
YOU BREAK A WINDOW and get them out, THEN call the cops.

the idea of waiting half an hour or more, while the baby gets hotter and hotter, while you're waiting for animal control or the cops to get there is just plain stupid

Gary

Yes people can be stupid,,, Dah,!
I stopped a party of 3 one day that were walking away from their car, leaving their dog to deal with, the car windows up, 90 degrees and parked on an asphalt parking lot,,!!! THEY THREATENED TO BEAT ME UP, and went on inside the store. Well, as I was about to bust their window out, I saw them coming back,,, so I left the scene. Evidently they had a couple of minutes to think about it and decided to not let the dog die,,!

Gary

Yes people can be stupid,,, Dah,!
I stopped a party of 3 one day that were walking away from their car, leaving their dog to deal with, the car windows up, 85 degrees and parked on an asphalt parking lot,,!!! THEY THREATENED TO BEAT ME UP, and went on inside the store. Well, as I was about to bust their window out, I saw them comming back,,, so I left the scene. Evidently they had a couple of minutes to think about it and decided to not let the dog die,,!

Dave page

If you need to smash the window and grab the dog before it's too late. Just do it. Immediadtely

MADELINE

At the same time while dogs may be left in hot cars, how many times have you seen a dog(s) in the back of pick ups in the direct sun. Just as dangerous, just as thoughtless and lack of consideration for your dog. Once we called Animal Control because a mechanic working in an auto shop brought his dogs to work. In the morning it was shady. As the afternoon came around the dogs were in the direct sun and overly heated.

Also, people on vacation walking around parking lots and city streets forget how hot the payment can be, especially the black top. I've stopped many a person and reminded them to pick the dog up or find a cooler pathway.

Rosemarie

I advised Petsmart that a dog was left in a car with ONE window cracked. It was a warm, not hot day, but inside the car it was burning up. The dog was distressed. They made an announcement, but no one came to the register. Luckily, there was an off-duty officer in the store. Someone mentioned that people go to Bares and Noble a few doors down after Petsmart and that's where the people were. He summoned them to the car and unlocked the door. I was out there when they took the dog out and I told then they didn't deserve a pet. They were from down south and were traveling with the dog and said they always leave him in the car and nothing has happened to him. The old woman cursed me like a sailor. The officer told her he was taking her in for insubordination and animal cruelty. I left with the hope that the little dog was going to be ok in spite of his ignorant owners.

Niecie

It's not just people from the south. I've seen some pretty dumb situations with license plates from the north, east and west. There are pretty stupid people all over the world but when it comes to the safety of innocent animals knock the windows out then call the police!

Rene (Tony)

STUPID covers all points of the compass, unfortunately :(

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