Protect Our Pets...Even If You’re Not the Owner
The other day when I was leaving my grocery store and headed to my car, I heard a dog barking. He was across the aisle from my car, in an SUV with all windows rolled up. It was 9 am and already 80+ degrees outside with a feels-like temperature of 95 degrees.
I looked for the owner and was ready to call the store manager so they could page the owner and was also ready to call the police.
The car’s owner came out and it looked like she had just a few items that she had purchased.
But that doesn’t matter!
When it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes.
And rolling down the windows has little effect on the inside car temperature.
Don’t believe me?
You go and sit in your car, in 80+ degree temperatures with the windows rolled up, no AC on!
-Try to find the owner of the vehicle
-Try to have the owner paged if you are at a retail store.
-Write down the vehicle information
-Contact your local law enforcement
-Call your local animal control organization
-If all else fails and you can see that the animal is in severe distress or having a heatstroke and the police cannot be there in time...
Let the authorities know what you are planning on doing
Take a video of the animal
Get a witness
NOTE: I am not an attorney but breaking into a car is a criminal offense. YOU have to decide where your conscience lies.
Something to remember...dogs cannot sweat like humans do to try to cool off. As much as our furry buddies enjoy car rides, you have to be the adult and leave them at home rather than leave them in a hot car.
I know that anyone reading this would not leave their own dogs (or cats) in their car in summertime temperatures, but it’s helpful to know what to do if you find yourself in this situation.