Anyone who knows me knows that when it comes to animals, I have very strong opinions and will not hesitate to speak my mind. Now that the weather is starting to get warmer, I want to make sure people know how imperative it is that you do not leave your dog, or any other animal (or child for that matter) in the car alone. Even if it is your intention to just “run into the store” to pick up something quickly, you never know what can happen to delay you. You may bet caught up in a long line, or price check problems, or a multitude of circumstances that could delay your return to your fur friend locked in the car. For this reason, I say that no length of time is alright.
This following picture is what sparked the debate on facebook. It was posted on a the page of a radio station, I believe, with the caption of “What do you think, would you do the same thing?”
I was so infuriated by some of the comments on this site about this picture. People were saying how this person should be arrested for breaking and entering, trespassing and larceny. Are you kidding me? This person should be commended and thanked and thought of as a hero who potentially saved this dog’s live, not a criminal.
Sometimes I have a hard time remembering that not everyone thinks the same way I do, or has the same compassion towards other living beings as I do. But to me, this should be common sense. How is it not? How can anyone think it was okay to leave their companion animal alone in a hot car, for any amount of time?… An animal who you love and share your home and life with.
It is also very important to know what to do, as a citizen and compassionate person, if you see an animal alone in a car on a hot day. Please do not turn the other cheek and walk away. Please do the right thing. If you are not comfortable enough to do what the person above did then call the authorities. Do not leave the dog alone. Wait until help arrives before leaving.
Here is a link to a great, informative article. Also, below I have copied and quoted it as well. I feel the information is too important to try to rewrite so I am coping it word for word.
Dogs in Hot CarsEvery 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 and 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.
Animals can sustain brain damage or even die 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 hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.
If the authorities 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, take steps to remove the suffering animal from the car, and then wait for authorities to arrive.
Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination. If a dog shows any of these symptoms, get him or her out of the heat, preferably into an air-conditioned vehicle, and then to a veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to transport the dog yourself, take him or her into an air-conditioned building if possible and call animal control: Tell them it is an emergency.
Provide water to drink, and if possible spray the dog with a garden hose or immerse him or her in a tub of cool (but not iced) water for up to two minutes in order to lower the body temperature gradually. You can also place the dog in front of an electric fan. Applying cool, wet towels to the groin area, stomach, chest, and paws can also help. Be careful not to use ice or cold water, and don’t overcool the animal.
PETA offers leaflets that can be placed on vehicles to remind people never to leave unattended animals inside. For information on ordering PETA’s “Don’t Let Your Dog Get Hot Under the Collar” leaflet, please click here.
Simon Cowell stars in PETA’s public service announcement (PSA) informing viewers of the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars. You can help spread the message by contacting us at ActionTeam@peta.org or 757-622-7382 for information on how to get the PSA aired on your local television stations.”
Do the right thing if you see this. Read this and please pass it on. This is something everyone should read and understand. It is a matter of life or death.