Dogs in Hot Cars
Did you know that on a pleasant 70 degree day, the temperature inside your car can reach almost 100 degrees within 30 minutes?
Imagine having to sit in that with only an inch or two of the window opened. Now imagine that it’s 90 degrees outside and the temperature inside your car is skyrocketing towards 160 degrees… oh yeah, and you’re wearing a fur coat. Dogs in hot cars have experienced this scenario way too many times.
There are no official numbers on how many dogs die in cars each year, but “Clearly it happens too often,” said Dr. Louise Murray, director of medicine at the America Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. She continued, “I mean, normal adult humans wouldn’t just sit and boil in a car, they’d get out. But dogs don’t have a choice if the doors are closed. Sadly, these cases of fatal heat stroke are preventable—it shouldn’t happen.”
If you see a dog locked in hot car, get help right away. Talk to the manager, if the car is outside a store, but if the owner doesn’t show up quickly, call the police.
Play it safe and leave your own furry friends at home as the temperatures start to rise.