Shopping Centers Will Help Keep Dogs and Kids From Dying of Heatstroke in Parked Cars
For Immediate Release:
August 6, 2020
Moira Colley 202-483-7382
Cincinnati – A Compassionate Business Award is on its way from PETA to locally based property management company Phillips Edison & Company for its new signs warning shoppers about the dangers of leaving dogs and children in parked cars.
Just days after PETA shared with the company—which operates more than 300 retail locations nationwide—that temperatures can quickly soar in parked cars, causing dogs and children trapped inside to die from heatstroke within minutes, it quickly created new warning signs to display at its shopping centers.
“Every year, PETA receives reports of dozens of dogs and other animals who have baked to death after being left in a parked car,” says PETA Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “Phillips Edison & Company could save countless lives by reminding shoppers never to leave a vulnerable family member in the car.”
Twenty-three animals have already died this year from heat-related causes—and since social distancing because of COVID-19 extends store wait times and prolongs errands, PETA is concerned that this summer could see an unprecedented number of hot weather–related animal deaths. PETA offers an emergency window-breaking hammer for intervening in such life-or-death situations.
Dogs showing any symptoms of heatstroke—including restlessness, heavy panting, vomiting, or loss of coordination—should be taken into the shade, given water to drink, and cooled off with a cool towel placed on their heads and chests. A veterinarian should be called immediately.
Phillips Edison & Company will receive an award letter, a framed certificate, and a box of delicious vegan chocolates.
PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—opposes speciesism, which is a human-supremacist worldview. For more information, please visit PETA.org.