Urgent From PETA: Cruel—and Criminal—to Leave Dogs in Hot Cars

For Immediate Release:
May 15, 2018

Contact:
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Pensacola, Fla. – Following recent reports that police broke a window in order to rescue a puppy from a hot car in Pensacola, PETA is issuing an urgent warning about the importance of never leaving animals in hot cars. Already this year, there have been at least five hot weather–related animal deaths—and these are just the ones that have been reported. Most aren’t.

On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes. A dog trapped inside can succumb to heatstroke in mere minutes, even if the vehicle is parked in the shade with the windows slightly open. It was 92 degrees outside when this puppy was rescued.

Anyone who leaves an animal to bake to death in a vehicle could face felony cruelty charges.

Law-enforcement officials across the country are also warning people of the dangers of hot weather. “Every year, we alert people to the danger of leaving children or pets inside cars in the summer,” says Chief of Police James R. Kruger Jr. from Oak Brook, Illinois. “The temperature inside a vehicle climbs approximately 43 degrees in just an hour. The loss of a defenseless animal in this manner is avoidable and should never happen. There is no reason to take your pet out in extreme heat without adequate air conditioning and water.”

If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, call local humane authorities or the police. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved. If the authorities are unresponsive or too slow and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment. Then remove the suffering animal from the car and wait for authorities to arrive.

PETA has released a hot-car public service announcement featuring Mckenna Grace. For more information, please visit PETA.org.

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