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Jennifer Beals Defends Decision to Leave German Shepherd Inside Hot Vehicle

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Jennifer Beal Defends Decision To Leave German Shepherd Inside Hot Vehicle

A German Shepherd’s double coat puts it at risk of overheating quicker than some other breeds
Photo: Pete Bellis

According to PETA, the temperature inside a parked car on a 78-degree day can reach up to 120 degrees in only a matter of minutes, which is the reason Jennifer Beals has been getting so much negative attention recently for leaving her German Shepherd inside her Ford Escape.

The 51-year-old actress said she did not intentionally put her pet in danger and that she cracked every window in her car before she ran into a building for five minutes to pick up laundry.

Pedestrians outside of the store noticed the German Shepherd and confronted Beals as she returned to the vehicle. One man said he took pictures and was going to report her to authorities. Beals replied that “In Dunbar, (Canada) it’s fine” to leave dogs inside vehicles. Beals originally thought the people standing by her car were looking at the dog because of how cute it is.

“I have loved dogs my whole life,” Beals told Us Weekly. “They’ve been in my life since the day I was born. Every dog I’ve had has been a rescue. I would never jeopardize an animal’s safety. Ever.”

Jennifer Beal Defends Decision To Leave German Shepherd Inside Hot Vehicle

Just in case you forgot what Jennifer Beals looked like (Not Jessica Biel)
Photo: Danny Batalla

PETA released a video earlier this year featuring NFL player Tyrann Mathieu to bring attention to how quickly pets can overheat inside parked vehicles. Mathieu could only tolerate eight minutes inside the 120-degree vehicle before he became drenched with sweat and had to abandon the stunt.

What makes this situation even more dangerous for dogs is they only have sweat glands in their paws and have to rely mostly on panting to cool themselves. A dog’s internal organs can overheat and begin to shut down at only 105 degrees.

PETA suggest calling police or humane authorities if you see a dog left alone in a parked car on a hot day.

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Via: Us Weekly

  • Zazu22

    Just don’t do it. My father takes his dog everywhere, and I have finally convinced him that rolling down the window is not enough during the summer months. Leave the dog at home.

  • Faith

    To be honest in my opinion i think that it wasn’t really necessary for that man to contact authorities just because a dog was inside a heated car. i mean all she did was just running out to get laundry, and she was going to be back soon it’s not like she was just going to leave her own pet in the heat purposely. I also think that it’s not like its over 150 degrees i mean yes it was hot but she was going to be back soon so she can keep on driving and that her dog could have the cool air again.

    • ScottyB

      Agreed. I’m all for not leaving pets in hot cars, but it sounds like we might be getting a bit ridiculous here.

  • Sergei Volkov

    5 minutes with all the windows open is ok.
    Jennifer isn’t stupid. The windows open leave plenty of circulation.
    The dog would be perfectly fine for 30 minutes with windows open.
    And if she parked in the shade or in a parking structure the dog would be fine all day, with the windows open, with water provided of course.