It’s officially Summer now and if you don’t believe the calendar, just take a look at the thermometer. It’s really hot and although I personally enjoy these warm, sunny days, it can be a deadly time of year for so many innocent pets.
Last weekend on Father’s Day, a family in Roswell, Georgia went out to lunch. They took their tiny, one and a half pound pooch with them, leaving him inside their truck while they went inside the restaurant to eat. Quickly, the temperature inside the truck soared to deadly heights, and this itty bitty doll was in clear distress. Thankfully, a kind-hearted stranger heard the little pup’s cries and called 911.
This pint sized mutt was lucky. A police officer arrived on the scene and he liberated the suffering dog from the inferno that the truck had become, quickly bringing him into an air conditioned space and giving him cool water to drink. The little stinker is expected to make a full recovery, but that’s not the best news of the day: His owner has been charged with animal cruelty and will face up to 6 months of jail time if convicted.
Now don’t get me wrong. I believe that most people sincerely love their pets and would never intentionally put them in harm’s way. I doubt anyone would willingly leave a dog in a hot car, even with the windows cracked, if they knew that it takes less than 10 minutes for temperatures to become deadly.
I doubt anyone would say, “I’m only going to be in this store for a few minutes, and my dog will be fine,” and then knowingly leave their beloved furry friend in a life-threatening situation.
But unfortunately, ignorance can be deadly and that’s why I feel it’s so important to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving pets alone in hot cars. Did you know:
- On an 85º day, it takes only 10 minutes for the inside of your car to reach 102 degrees, and that’s even when the windows have been left open an inch or two.
- Within 30 minutes, the car’s interior can reach 120º.
- Even when the temperature outside is a pleasant 70º, the inside of your car may be as much as 20 degrees hotter.
- Shade offers little protection on a hot day and moves with the sun.
- Pets that are most at risk for hyperthermia (overheating) are young animals, elderly animals, overweight animals, those with short muzzles and those with thick or dark colored coats.
Thanks to our wonderful friends at the ASPCA for providing these statistics!
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… because they recognize the unnecessary danger they would put their pets in by doing so.
All of us at The Lazy Pit Bull feel strongly that we have to spread the word to help save lives this summer, and we hope that you’ll join us. It’s simple: hot cars and pets don’t mix! Won’t you use the buttons at the end of this post to share it on your favorite social media networks to raise awareness and enlighten pet owners about the potential tragedy that can result from leaving pets in hot cars? It takes only a minute, but just of the lives you could be helping to save!
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