We got a great question this past Fan Friday. What should you do if you see a dog locked in a car during the summer heat? What is the right thing to do?
Personally, I would call the police as soon as I saw it. Depending on how stressed the dog was, or how bad things looked, I may even break a window. But the FIRST step you should take, is calling the police or animal control. If you are in a parking lot of a store, take down the plate number, model and make of the car, and go inside and have the store page for the owner. Animals can die from heatstroke in as short as 15 minutes, so think fast!
In the sun on an 80 degree day, the inside of a car can jump to over 130 degrees in just a few minutes. Even while parked in the shade, the heat will increase quickly. The best thing to do on those hot days, is just leave your pets at home. If they are with you and you must run inside a store to pay for gas, or grab one thing, leave the air conditioner on, and move quickly! Don’t let them suffer in your hot car! It’s not fair to them, and it might cost you a broken window!