Do Not Go Shopping and Leave your Dog in a HOT CAR
We read these headlines all the time and most of us abide by the rules knowing that it is morally wrong and that we could be charged with a crime for being negligent. But yesterday while shopping at Camarillo Outlet Mall, I came out of a store and another lady had just noticed that a big fluffy dog had been left in the car and only the front windows were down about 1" on both sides.
The dog was already panting but did not look like it was in distress yet. The temperature was about 81 degrees outside so that is approx. 101 degrees or more inside the car which is not safe for a dog with a heavy coat of fur.
I got so angry that anyone would be so stupid and just then a security guard came driving by and she alerted him to the situation. He ran up to the car and then immediately alerted his dispatch and they called the Sheriff's Dept. We were told that the Deputies were enroute and would get the dog out before it was too late.
This dog was panting and it was so upsetting for all of us standing there and feeling helpless! It is very hard to sit on the sidelines while a poor animal is being mistreated. A crowd was forming so we walked to our car. While walking, I noticed 4 or 5 people who had their dogs with them but had them on leashes and were walking them in the shade. One lady was giving her dog water from a thermos she had brought with her. Now these are responsible pet owners.
I love my dogs but usually just leave them at home with the high temps of summer. I have one firm rule; I never leave my dogs in the car alone. I cannot imagine going shopping and leaving my dog locked in a hot car.
As we were pulling out of the outlet mall parking lot, we saw a police unit arrive so we knew the dog would be rescued shortly. The owner does not deserve to have a pet if they cannot take good care of it.
Do Not Go Shopping and Leave your Dog locked in a HOT CAR and do I have to include "Do not leave your small child in a car alone"!
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