Push to Keep Dogs out of Hot Cars Goes National

PETA Launches 'Jennie's Project' in Memory of Dog Killed in Hot Car

For Immediate Release:
May 24, 2018

Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Va. – In advance of National Heat Awareness Day (May 25), PETA has launched Jennie’s Project, a multipronged effort to prevent dogs from dying in hot cars. The campaign was named in memory of Jennie, a dog who made national headlines last year after her owner left her to die in a hot car just three years after his previous dog had died the same way.

On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to over 100 degrees in just minutes, and this can cause horrific deaths by heatstroke—even in the shade with the windows open slightly. And air conditioners can fail, so they can’t be relied on to keep animals at a safe temperature. That’s why Jennie’s Project includes the following efforts:

“Every summer, PETA receives reports of dozens of dogs who baked to death after being left in parked cars,” says PETA Executive Vice President Tracy Reiman. “Jennie’s Project aims to prevent more horrific deaths like these by reminding all animal guardians that even a few minutes locked inside a car can be deadly.”

PETA—whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way”—notes that already this year, at least seven dogs have died in hot cars and 25 more have been rescued just in time, including two dogs in California. At least 44 animals died in 2017, and at least 52 died in 2016—and those are just the reported deaths.

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