Letter: Too hot for spot
To the Editor:
Leaving pets in locked cars is never safe. During summer months it can be uncomfortable-even dangerous for pets to be left inside the car. Every year dogs suffer and die when their owners make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car. Even “for just a minute” — while they run a quick errand.
According to The Center For Disease Control and Prevention “cars parked in direct sunlight can reach internal temperatures up to 131F-172F when it’s 80 to 100 degrees outside. Even with the windows cracked, the temperatures rise quickly-hot enough to cause irreversible organ damage or death.”
If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car's make, model, color, and license plate number. Call the local police at 911. Keep a close eye on the dog and don't leave scene until the situation has been resolved by the authorities.
While waiting for the police to arrive and if the dog's life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness and take steps to remove the suffering animal from the car. Get the animal out of the heat, preferably in an air conditioned building and give cool water until the police arrive.
With all the tragic stories in the news, this should go without saying — you should never ever leave your dog in a parked car, not even for a minute. Protecting animals from unnecessary harm is a problem we can all agree to prevent.