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Help Dogs: Get Them Out of HOT Cars!

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Posted June 8, 2011 by Christina

You love your dog right? That’s why you should NEVER leave your dog in a hot car—better yet … you shouldn’t even leave your dog in a warm car.

Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 to 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. That is pretty effin hot, my friends.

Animals can suffer brain damage or death from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.

If you see a dog left alone in a car

Write down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the store where the car is parked, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Absolutely DO NOT leave the scene until the situation has been resolved. This is a matter of life and death.

If police are unresponsive or too slow …

And the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment (? important), take steps to remove the suffering animal, and then wait for authorities to arrive.

Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, or lack of coordination. If a dog shows any of these symptoms, get her or him into the shade immediately and call your veterinarian. Lower the animal’s body temperature gradually by providing water to drink, applying a cold towel or ice pack to the head, neck, and chest, or immersing the dog in lukewarm (not cold) water.

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  • 1975 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    I once waited with a dog for an hour waiting for the owner to come back to the car. The window was slightly open so I bought a bowl and gave the dog water from strangers’ water bottles. If the strangers were compassionate enough to give the dog their own water on a boiling summer day, why wasn’t the owner compassionate enough to actually care for their dog?

  • Ty

    1989 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    One time, at a grocery store, a dog was left in a car, in the middle of the summer, in arizona, with tthe windows up, for 5 hours straight. They kept calling over the intercom for the people to get there dog out of the car, finally, they called the police, and they called over the intercom a few more times, saying if they didn’t come and get there dog, they were going to break there car windows. windows were broken, they never came out. I love the way arizona does things as far as that. ;D You wanna play dirty? Fine, we’ll play dirty. Youve gotta pay for some new windows. And you also lost your dog, bastard. O:<

  • 1997 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    yesterday i saw this poor little chihuahua locked inside a car. it was hot outside and the poor doog was frantically running back and forth in the car, panting hard. i really wanted to do something about it, but i didnt know what. i wish i had read this earlier; thank you for writing this article.

  • 1997 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    One time, I heard that this lady left her dog in the car on one of those really hot days, to go the the FCKING TANNING SALON! It got up to like 150 degrees in there, luckily someone saved the poodle.

  • 2008 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Oh my goodness! I would never do this and I deffinatly would stop anybody who would!

  • 2010 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    When my daddy was a teenager he went into a store and saw a dog in a car on a hot day 15 minutes later he came back out and saw it was still there. He tried to open the window from the outside but it didnt work and the dog was getting in worse condition so he had no choice and broke the window.

  • 2010 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Just like leaving a baby in the hot car you don’t do it. I never no matter how inconvient it is to go back and get my dog i leave her at home with water and food. Do my errands and then come back to get her. Babies same thing. If you are even going to be one minute doesn’t matter. Take that baby with you inside. You know i look at dogs all the time and see they are left in the car. If they are buying groceries then leave the dog home cause you will need to go home with groceries. You may not think you are going to be in the store long but i don’t know how long when i pull up how long you the owner has been in the store. Think don’t kill you child or your baby you love. The heat kills humans and animals too.

  • 2010 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Once I went to a fancy buffet, and when we pulled into the parking space, there was a small dog in the car. After the buffet (about 2 hours later), it was still there! I wanted to call the police, but my dad wouldn’t let me… 🙁 Luckily, it was in the middle of the winter, but the dog still probably got cold.

  • 2011 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Freak’n people- I saw a dog in a car Once at IKEA hello!!!! Like that’s a fast trip and it was HOT!!! I called the police she was like “oh if you can stick your arm in the car window that’s enough and I can’t do anything about it” stupid bi$@&! I was like yeah you’ll see what I do about it bit($!! We had ikea Page the people and nothing came of it! They had finally left we didn’t see them leave though- freaking anoles!!! Wtf right??? I would have bashed the window in if I had to! RIDICULOUS!!! grrrrrrrrrrrr!!!!!!

  • 2011 days ago

    VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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    Yesterday, a woman outside of Walmart was leaving her dog in the car and had a baby in her stroller.. I walked up to her and said, “If you wouldn’t leave your baby in the car, why would you leave your dog??” She said they’re not the same because dogs can handle heat. I pulled out my phone and showed her the PETA video with Simon Cowell and it talks about leaving your dog in the car. She got very upset but she said she HAD to buy something real quick, so we settled a plan. She had a bowl in her car from where her daughter was eating Cheerios so we emptied it, bought a bottle of water from the vending machine, got the dog out of the car, and I waited outside with him while she was inside. He was very friendly and gave me TONS of lovin’! <3 He slurped on his water and seemed so much happier. It made me really happy to realize that I possibly had just saved another life, besides from being vegan. So, the woman and I exchanged phone numbers and since her pup Cinnamon liked me so much, she asked if I could puppysit sometime for her! So, I made a new puppy friend, taught an unknowing woman some animal friendly facts, helped an animal, and landed myself a job! 🙂

    • 1997 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      That’s really cool that you did that. very inspirational 🙂

    • 1997 days ago

      VA:F [1.9.22_1171]

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      I read out of all these articles, and i think the walmart one was the best, and i think it is sick that people would leave there dog in the car. I mean people get me so mad when they say ” Its just a dog, not a human, or things like that. Or its JUST a dog. They are idiots. I would never leave little dog in the car. Neither does my mom. People think that a dog can handle that heat, or that the dog is not as important as a baby. I say they are equal, its stupid when people would leave a dog in the car, but a baby, ABSOLUTILY NOT.

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