Pet Safety: NEVER Leave your Pets in a Hot Car!
Leaving pets in locked cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. Pets can’t withstand high temperatures. This can cause irreparable organ damage and even death.
Dogs and cats don’t sweat like humans, so overheating is a serious concern. Even with the windows open an inch, a car’s temperature can heat up to over 100 degrees within 10 minutes, even if you roll the windows down an inch or two. Rolling the windows down has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.
One quick errand can turn dangerous in minutes, so leave your pets safely at home. Remember – pets are our family! Never leave them alone in a locked car, no matter the temperature!
From Peta: “If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.”