Wrong. Leaving a pet in a car for “just a minute” may be one minute too long. Every year, countless pets die after being left in cars while their owners work, visit, shop, or run errands. What’s worse is that these deaths are entirely preventable.
Just how hot does it get inside your car on a nice summer day? Watch this video from RedRover, who has created an awareness campaign dubbed MyDogIsCool.com.
Pets left in hot cars can suffer nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage and death. In as little as 15 minutes, your pet can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. Pets most at risk for hyperthermia (overheating) include young animals, elderly animals, overweight animals, those with short muzzles (such as pugs) and those with thick or dark-colored coats.
If you see a dog in a parked car on a hot day:
1. Note the make/model of the vehicle, license plate number and its specific location. Note a description of the pet(s), the condition of the pet(s), and the time.
2. Call the local animal control agency, (in Gillette, 307.686.5249), or 911.
3. Some locations, such as malls, amusement parks or casinos, will have on-site security that may be able to take action.
4. Ask clerks at nearby stores/venues to make announcements using the vehicle's make/model to locate the pet’s owner.
5. If possible, return to the vehicle to monitor the pet’s condition and help responding authorities locate the vehicle.
If you're interested in another take on what it's like for your pet to be in a hot car, check out what Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward does.
A young lady snapped this picture of a pup who was trapped in a hot car in front of Walmart in Gillette on July 2 and shared it on Facebook. She called the police and waited for Animal Control to show up before she left the scene. She did the right thing. Feel free to share this message.