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Group Asks Mall to Place 'Too Hot for Spot' Advisories on Parking Spots
For Immediate Release:July
Contact:Sophia Charchuk 202-483-7382
Spokane, Washington -- In
the wake of last week's lucky
rescue of a basset hound who had been left in a hot car parked
outside the Spokane Valley Mall, PETA has fired off a letter to mall officials
with a lifesaving suggestion: Paint PETA's "Too
Hot for Spot" advisory, which features a cartoon drawing of a dog
locked in a parked car and warns, "In Hot Weather, Leave Dogs at
Home!" on the mall's parking spaces. As PETA explains in the letter,
leaving a dog in a parked car—even for a short period of time, in the shade,
with the windows cracked—can have fatal consequences.
wants to help the Spokane Valley Mall turn what was very nearly a tragic
incident into an educational opportunity for the whole community," says
PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. "The rule is simple: When the
weather turns warm, never leave your dog in the car."
TV: PETA's new public
service announcement starring Elisabetta Canalis, which shows the dangers
of leaving dogs in hot cars, is available upon request. Print:
PETA's warm-weather public service announcements featuring Laura Bell Bundy
are available to link to or download here
(for print) and here
(for online). Radio: PETA's warm-weather public service announcement is
available to link to or download here.
more information, please visit PETA.org.
letter to Daryl Rheingans, general manager of the Spokane Valley Mall, follows.
am writing on behalf of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) and
our more than 3 million members and supporters—including thousands across
Washington—with a suggestion that could save many lives. Following last week's
lucky rescue of a basset hound trapped inside an overheated car in your parking
lot, we have a lifesaving suggestion: Will you please stencil our "Too
Hot for Spot" public service advisory on parking spots in the Spokane
Valley Mall lot?
receives dozens of reports every summer of dogs who have suffered and died in
parked cars. Even cracking the windows or parking in the shade does not usually
prevent dogs from rapidly becoming severely overheated. On a 78-degree day, the
temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just
minutes. On a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160
degrees in less than 10 minutes. Because
dogs do not sweat through their skin, dogs can succumb to heatstroke in just 15 minutes, resulting in brain
damage or death. For example, two
police dogs in San Antonio died just last
week. Our stenciled advisory can serve
as a last-minute reminder to shoppers not to leave their dogs in the car.
look forward to working with you.
you for your consideration.
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