Don’t Leave Dogs in Cars
Today’s tip comes from Johnny Jet contributor Lindsay Taub (Twitter handle @lindsaytaub), who brings up an important point with temperatures rising (see her Instagram post above):
“As summer is approaching and temperatures are increasing (finally, for those on the east coast!), an important reminder to you pet owners and pet lovers as you head out on summer road trips or vacations:
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 78ºF day, for example, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100º and 120º in just minutes, and on a 90º day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160º in less than ten minutes. Animals can suffer 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.
Please be responsible pet owners, and if you see a dog trapped inside a vehicle on a hot day, call your local animal welfare organization for assistance, or for a quicker response, try the local police. Laws vary by state, but in California, for example, there are fines for unsafely leaving a pet in an unattended car under Penal Code 597.7—and so the cops will come to the rescue!”
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