Imagine being left alone inside a parked car on a hot summer day. You feel the temperature rising, become extremely thirsty, and start to feel dizzy. There’s no way to cool off, you feel as if you’re suffocating, and there’s no way out. This happens to countless dogs every summer.
During hot weather, even dogs who are left inside a car in the shade can quickly succumb to heatstroke and sustain brain damage. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, interior temperatures can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
How You Can Help Stop This
If you spot a dog locked inside a car on a hot day, do not leave the scene until the situation is resolved. Check out PETA’s tips for helping dogs locked in hot cars for more info.
In addition, you can protect your own canine companions by leaving them at home, where it’s safe and cool, during hot weather.