Every year, you hear and read stories in the news about a dog that was left in the car on a sunny day and did not survive. What is most unfortunate is that these tragedies are completely preventable and happen to dogs that are very loved.
Most readers of this blog post already know not to leave their pets and children in warm cars. So rather than touting about how quickly cars heat up, how cracking the windows doesn’t help and how you should leave your pet at home, we want to focus on taking action!
It may not be your dog trapped in a hot car, but chances are that you may be a witness to someone else’s dog suffering in a hot car.
What you can do:
- Speak with the store manager. They may be able to help you locate the pet owner.
- Call animal control or the police. This is a serious matter and an animal’s life is at risk.
- If animal control is slow to respond, find a witness or a few who can back you up and take measures to remove the animal from the car.
- Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved.
Every minute counts, and as an animal lover, it’s your responsibility to take action if you see a pet suffering in a hot car. Together, we can reduce the number of pet deaths from hot cars this summer!