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Hot Car Danger: Seven Dogs Already Dead

Written by PETA | June 10, 2011

The first day of summer hasn’t even arrived yet, and at least seven dogs across the country have already died after being left in hot vehicles, including dogs in Virginia, Massachusetts, New Mexico, Maryland, and Ohio

At Jacksonville University in Florida, campus security officers were too late to save a dog who was left in a parking lot for 90 minutes in a car with one window barely cracked. In San Antonio, a parking attendant called animal control after finding two dogs trapped in a car. By the time help arrived, one dog was already dead and the other was in severe distress.

As these cases tragically illustrate, dogs left inside hot cars can quickly succumb to heatstroke. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160 degrees in minutes. When the temperatures are in the 90s, as they have been recently in much of the country, even a few minutes in a car can be fatal.

If you see a dog alone in a vehicle, immediately call animal control or 911. If there is a business nearby, try having the car’s owner paged. Do not leave the dog until help has arrived. And unless you’re visiting a store like Canadian Tire in Langford, British Columbia, whose owner, Tim Curry, invites dogs to come inside instead of staying in a hot car, let Spot stay at home in air-conditioned comfort.

Written by Michelle Sherrow

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  • Susan says:

    The police are just as bad when they rely on their fancy electronic gadgets which often FAIL while their K-9s are trapped in the patrol cars!!! I wrote an article about this several years ago and was laughed at. Bartlett, TN police also jeered at me for speaking out and said their dogs could not legally come inside the station and they had alarms which told them when the car turned off.

  • andys dad says:

    The idiots that are so selfish or stupid 9or both) need be arrested and the punishment fit the crime. Our four legged family members are so innocent, sweet and loyal and this is how you repay them? People that do this should never be alowed to own a pet ever agian. SHAME.

  • eloise lanum says:

    if you carry the item that lets you slash your seat belt in case you’re trapped after an accident – you can also use that to break the glass. Yes, it is legal in Ca. Any other states where it is??

  • Reader says:

    It is nearly impossible to believe that, in this day and age, people would still leave their animals in the car. Under which rock have these idiots been living?

  • Scarlett says:

    I believe that another important thing that owners should keep in mind about summer temperatures is avoiding to walk their dogs when the asphalt is too hot. Most owners fail to comprehend this sort of things.

  • colleen says:

    There has got to be laws against this. Why would anyone think this is acceptable? i got into my car today after work & it was 111 degrees!! Maybe the people who left their dogs in the car need to feel for just a moment what those dogs did. They should never be allowed to have any pets ever again.

  • carol says:

    Make this 8- the K9 officer in New Castle PA was left to bake in the back of a police car while the other officer made his rounds. He died a terrible death.

  • Suzanne Linda Morovic says:

    People are just plain stupid. They never entered their car on a hot sunny day?!! I don’t get it. Just another example of how people treat animals like unfeeling inanimate objects. These people should be left in a hot car for several hours.

  • kathy says:

    P.S. I want to add you can break a car window easily with a spark plug. (The porcelain side is what will break it.) This is legal in CA if a dog is in distress from heat inside the car, so I’m not spreading info on doing anything illegal. Of course break a window that is the furthest from the dog because my concern would be hurting the dog with the glass. I hope I never have to do this but I’ll carry a spark plug in my car just in case.

  • Adriannajordan says:

    People who leave dogs in cars are sick. i dont understand how being humans we can leave our loved companion animals in hot steaming cars. It makes no sense to me.

  • pdkart4u2 says:

    tell sir paul that i became a vegan due the “glass houses” video and a member of peta that very day. i want to know why we are raping the land & ocean floor leaving it barren, polluting the planet above & below, killing in the name of science & to feed man & animal kind? what is wrong with people? how can we care so little? the planet won’t take much more then what? i don’t like being negative but it’s hard not to. politians need to stand up & be accountable with the power we give them & do whats right. stop the bankers from controling the world. how much money is enough. i’m venting.

  • Katie says:

    There has got to be laws against this. Why would anyone think this is acceptable? i got into my car today after work & it was 111 degrees!! Maybe the people who left their dogs in the car need to feel for just a moment what those dogs did. They should never be allowed to have any pets ever again.

  • kathy says:

    I want to ask about breaking the windows too. I believe it is legal in my state of CA to break the windows of a stranger’s car if they have dogs inside that are suffering from the heat. My only fear is that the broken glass will hurt the dog(s). What’s the safest way to break the glass?

  • Gill says:

    Greta, I agree. You can always replace a broken window, but never a dog’s life.

  • Greta says:

    Break the glass, take the dog home. If it takes minutes to die, how am I supposed to wait for the autorities? Should I leave it there and watch him die?!

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