Dogs Die Within Minutes Left Inside Hot Cars

Dogs Die Within Minutes Left Inside Hot Cars

YOU, of course, know better than to leave your precious furry family member alone in car while you “run into the store for a minute”. Unfortunately, though, others often do and it doesn’t take long for the dog to overheat, dehydrate or even die.

If the outside temperature is 85, it will be over 100 within ten minutes even with the windows down. On a cloudy 72 degree day, the temperature inside a car can reach 90 degrees within just ten minutes even with the windows partially down.

It’s not only inhumane to leave a dog inside a hot car, in California it’s also illegal – Penal Code 597.7. The owner can be fined up to $500 if the dog’s health is jeopardized or dies. Officers also have the right to break into the car, even if it means breaking car window, to rescue the dog.
What should you do if you see a dog left inside a car?

First, write down the make, model, color and license number of the vehicle and then visit nearby businesses and see if you can locate the owner to tell them of the dog’s distress.

If you’re unable to find the owner, call 911 and give them the location and vehicle information.

If possible, stay nearby until the officer arrives.

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