For Immediate Release:
June 5, 2019
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Kennewick, Wash. – Following recent reports that officers in Kennewick had to rescue a dog from a hot car, PETA is issuing an urgent warning about the importance of never leaving animals in hot vehicles. Since last year, there have been at least 64 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, temperatures inside a car parked in direct sunlight can soar to 130 to 170 degrees. Dogs, who don’t sweat and can cool themselves only by panting, can rapidly succumb to heatstroke, even if a 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.