New Alert Systems Could Prevent More N.C. K9 Officers From Dying in Hot Cars

PETA Asks North Carolina Police Dog Association to Endorse Installing Lifesaving Heat-Alert Systems in Patrol Cars

For Immediate Release:
July 1, 2015

David Perle 202-483-7382

Duplin County, N.C. – Last year, K9 officer Kela died after she was left inside a hot patrol car for 24 hours at her handler’s home. In the hope of preventing similar tragedies this summer, PETA recently sent a letter to the North Carolina Police Dog Association with urgent information about the benefits of installing innovative heat-alert systems in patrol cars for when temperatures inside the vehicles climb. When activated, these systems sound an alarm, page an officer, attempt to start the car’s engine, and automatically roll down a window (video available here).

“No K9 officer should experience an agonizing death locked inside a hot car, and a heat-alert system is an easy way to prevent this,” says PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “PETA hopes police and K9 agencies everywhere will join us in promoting the protection of these brave and loyal dogs by endorsing the installation of these lifesaving systems in every single K9 patrol car.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—has also designed posters for K9 units to display in their offices to remind human officers that 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, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. These temperatures can be especially deadly for dogs, who can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their footpads.

Heat-alert systems are already in place in agencies across the country, including in Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Phoenix, and Chesapeake, Virginia.

PETA’s letter is available upon request. For more information, please visit

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