MAY 22, 2013
Each year, thousands of beloved companions succumb to heatstroke and suffocation when left in parked cars. It happens most often when people make quick stops – the dry cleaners, the bank or the local deli. Folks, we need to be clear on this: It takes only minutes for your pet to face death-and it doesn't have to be that hot out. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160 degrees. Even with the windows cracked.
You can help save pets from dying in hot cars. Simply take the following actions:
• Educate people. You can post this flyer in your local grocery store, veterinary hospital, animal shelter and other local businesses.
• If you see something, say something. If you see a dog alone in a vehicle, immediately call animal control or 911. Local law officials have the ability to enter vehicle and rescue the pet. Do not leave until help has arrived.
• Try to find the car's owner. If you are out and you see a dog locked in a car, tell the nearby store manager immediately. Don't be shy.
• And please, no matter how much your dog loves to go along when you run errands, don't take a chance. Leave her home where she is safe.
For more information, please review this article from ASPCA: http://www.aspca.org/blog/~/media/files/pet-care/pets-in-hot-cars.pdf