Regency Centers Nabs PETA Award for Hot Car Warning Signs

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

Jacksonville, Fla. – A Compassionate Business Award is on its way from PETA to locally based property management company Regency Centers 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 400 retail locations nationwide—that temperatures can quickly soar in parked cars, causing dogs and children trapped inside to die from heatstroke within minutes, it replied that the message “really hit home,” created its new signs, and pledged to roll them out within the next few weeks.

“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. “Regency Centers 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 cold towel placed on their heads and chests. A veterinarian should be called immediately.

Regency Centers will receive an award letter, a framed certificate, and a box of delicious vegan chocolates.

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