This makes me so mad. When i got back to my car in the parking lot of the grocery store, I saw this dog panting in the car next to me. It's 90 degrees today. Even with the windows down, that car will turn into a sauna quickly. So, I marched back into the store to tell the manager to make an announcement with the car's make and license plate number. After 20 minutes and still no owner coming back to the car, we called the local PD. I couldn't leave this situation with a clear conscience. The police were on their way when the driver came back to the car with two children and a cart full of groceries. She said she was just the babysitter and the dogs' owner/kids' mom said it was fine to leave the dog in the car while she shopped. I informed her of the following, and hope she will never do this again, and that she'll share this with her client: 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 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. Please be responsible dog owners and share this info with everyone you know who has a dog or cares for them. Thank you to the manager and checkout girl at @RalphsGrocery #studiocity who took my concern seriously, and stuck it out with me til the end.
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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