About this Campaign
Did you know that the temperature inside a parked car on a 72 degree day can reach 116 degrees within the span of an hour?
Did you know that the temperature inside a parked car on an 80 degree day can reach 99 degrees within just ten minutes?
Do you know what this means for a dog who has been left inside a parked car by his owner?
An agnonizing, slow, certain death.
After just fiften minutes inside a hot car, a dog can suffer irreversible brain damage, heatstroke and even death. Contrary to popular belief, studies have shown that opening the windows just a little bit so that air circulates does nothing to lower the car's internal temperature.
On hot, humid days, dogs are even more susceptible to the effects of heat exposure because the increased moisture in the air, which further hinders their natural ability to cool themselves.
Some of the symptoms exhibited by a dog suffering from the effects of heat exposure are:
- thick saliva
- heavy panting
- dark tongue
- rapid heartbeat
- bloody diarrhea
- lack of coordination.
Hundreds of dogs lose their lives each year at the hands of owners who leave them unattended in parked vehicles. Doing so not only endangers the lives of the animals, it also creates the potential for owners to be charged under various state and local animal cruelty laws. Violation of these laws, depending on the jurisdiction, can lead to hefty fines being imposed on the neglectful owner in addition to possible jail time.
How you can protect your dog against the harsh effects of heat exposure:
- Do not leave your dog unattended in a parked car – ever.
- Provide adequate water and shade during the summer months.
- Avoid overexerting your pet with exercise during the hottest parts of the day.
- Seek medical treatment promptly if you suspect your dog is suffering from heatstroke.
How you can help raise awareness about the dangers of leaving dogs in parked cars unattended:
- Visit PETA and The Humane Society to for information on protecting your pets from the heat.
- Contact your local animal shelter in your city, urging them to campaign locally to raise awareness about the dangers of leaving dogs in cars.
- Spread the word about this important issue with friends, family and social media followers who are pet owners.
Encourage them to do the same.
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