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Dogs Dying in Crates and Cars

Written by PETA | July 16, 2010
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Hot Day

Two recent news stories underscore the importance of making sure that dogs are kept indoors when temperatures soar.

In South Carolina, a man named Charles Bell has been charged with cruelty after Animal Control officers reportedly discovered that a dog had died in a small wire crate in the man’s backyard while temperatures soared as high as 114 degrees. The dog had apparently been trapped in the crate in direct sunlight for three days with no food or water. According to news reports, authorities were alerted by a man who had approached the house to ask that the dog be moved into the shade only to have a woman slam the door in his face. Crating a dog is always a terrible idea, but in this case it was a formula for tragedy.

Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, thanks to one dog’s ingenuity, disaster was narrowly averted. When a dog named Max was inadvertently left in a hot car, he began to honk the car’s horn. After being doused in water and then rushed to a vet, Max made a full recovery from his heat exhaustion—but most dogs aren’t as lucky.

Even in the shade, temperatures inside a car in warm weather can soar to lethal levels. To cool themselves, dogs must pant, and they can only perspire through their paw pads. Please protect your dog, and if you see other dogs in distress, always take action—you could save a life!

Written by Jeff Mackey

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  • Maddy says:

    Please everyone i dont know how anyone can be cruel to an animal like that. its horrible.. and i REALLY wish they would stop. I am an animal lover like many others and i bet all of the animal lovers in the world want this to stop once and for all. everything animal cruelty there ever was. Please if you know someone who is being cruel tell somebody do something about it and you could save a life. Please…..

  • linda says:

    Don’t people have a consience anymore? If they have the privilege of owning an animal it is their responsibility to care for that animal in an humane manner. If they don’t realize an animal can feel pain just like humans then they are not HUMANE. They should be treated the same way as they treat any animal on this planet. We share this planet with them and they deserve the respect of people because they are at our mercy to mistreat and neglect.

  • Eileen Young says:

    Most dogs want to come with us when we go out they love being with us but we have to use our common sense and leave them at home. When it is very hot out an early walk in the cooler air in the mornings or late at night when it is cooler is a wonderful thing for them and very sensible. Proves how much you love them.

  • Rosemary says:

    Lets put the poor dog’s owners in a crate in the hot sun until they cry out with agony and see how they like it. Whatever a person does to animals will be paid back to him in kind. Pythagoras Greek philosopher

  • Annoula Wylderich says:

    The punishment should fit the crime as they say. Maybe these ignorant sadistic abusers should be subjected to the same treatment. All the more reason to get our legislators to pass the Animal Abuser Registry in all states.

  • E says:

    There should be mandatory aptitude tests and training for pet ownership. If you can’t give a week to classes to learn how to take care of your animal properly you probably can’t give 1030 years for their care. Hell we should enforce that for having children too.

  • jessica says:

    I went away this weekend and brought my two dogs. There is a shopping mall where I went that had a sign “it takes 20 minutes for a human to die in a hot car..Imagine your dog”. Well all the stores were dog friendly which was great. I brought my pitbull mix into Old Navy and all kinds of stores. She loved it and all the stores had water and treats waiting for the dogs. My pups werent going to be left in the car anyways.

  • Susan T says:

    Fines jail time? So I’m a really sadistic person but I would take each one of these people and do to them what they did to their dogs. Whether the victim has two legs or fourin suffering we are all EQUAL. People forget their infants and toddlers and then you hear others say “Oh what a terrible mistake”. Mistake? Are you out of your frickin’ mind? It’s no MISTAKEits negligent manslaughter! I have no sympathy for anyone who does this. Get your GD priorities straight. When you have childrenTHEY are your NUMBER ONE priority. And please! Don’t acquire and animal unless you can be as responsible with your animals as you should be with your children. The whole world is $ked up!

  • Andrea says:

    Who puts a crate outside? That’s pointless.Might as well just let the thing run around in the yard.And seriously I didn’t even know this was still an issue I thought people were smart enough to know that if you can’t leave your baby in a car in the heat then you can’t do it with a dog either.Stupid stupid stupid

  • Alicia says:

    I have never understood people even if they don’t consider it animal cruelty its common sense which I don’t think is so common anymore. These animals r for us to enjoy people my friends R sick u know what’s even sadder is we kill us too. But man will screw everything and anything up for that mighty dollar its all greed and I do hate to say this but it will never not until the end has happened and we all come back. All we can do it pray and r best to help god will make it right one day soon… Thank u all so much for ur luv

  • Carla says:

    Some human beings are a disgrace. They should be punished to the fullest extent of the law this is sickening!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jackie says:

    I think people need to realize leaving a pet in a hot car is the same as leaving a human child in a car. There needs to be the same outrage there would be if this person let their child die in regards to animals dying needlessly because of idiots like this.

  • Audra says:

    Charge this ahole with MURDER not cruelty then lock him in a crate for 3 days with no water!! THE BASTARD.

  • cindy says:

    fines don’t cut it. prison time might. The community MUST come together to enforce and make a loud outcry about such horriable people. In the south I have found an attitude about dogs I have never been around before. Educationprisonand public outcry are needed.

  • NEIMA says:

    honteux !!! intolrable !!

  • Jessica says:

    When we people remember that if its toooo hot for us its toooo hot for them!!!! I’m so tired of people’s neglegiance!

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  • Laura says:

    The punishment should fit the crime for the unspeakable bastards who tortured and murdered this dog. These monsters in human form should be put in equally tiny wire cages in the sun in a public venue left to suffocate to death. Please prosecutors in SC make sure these dark soulless entities are incarcerated in a maximum security prison for a long long LONG time.