For Immediate Release:
May 28, 2019
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Savannah, Ga. – Following recent reports that two people were cited by police after each left their dog inside a hot car in Savannah, PETA is issuing an urgent warning about the importance of never leaving animals in hot vehicles. Since last year, there have been at least 63 hot weather–related animal deaths—and these are just the ones that have been reported. Most aren’t.
When temperatures outside reach 75 to 95 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in partial sunlight can soar to 104 to 124 degrees in just 20 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, which has little to no effect on lowering the temperature inside.
Anyone who leaves an animal to bake to death in a vehicle could face felony cruelty charges.
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 offers an emergency window-breaking hammer for help intervening in these life-or-death situations.