They’re pretty, but they look worried, like they’re up to something. It seems like no one is around, so they smash the car window with a heavy stone. Why they did it will really make you pause and think.
This video highlights the dilemma we face when we see something wrong, but don’t know if we should intervene. In this case, there was a dog, literally cooking, on the back seat.
Would you do this to save a dog? Hot cars kill.
The fact is, it’s not always top priority for police and animal control to come save a dog from a car.
“I saw an unresponsive small dog, phoned the police and animal control and they told me that it was NOT an emergency. Small car, not under shade, no cracked windows for venting or air in ARIZONA,” wrote Erica Mueller in a Facebook post.
Facts and numbers you should know:
- When it is 80°F degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can rise to 99°F in 10 minutes, and 109°F degrees in 20 minutes, according to a San Jose State University study. That’s equal to 27°C outside rising to 37°C in 10 minutes, and 43°C in 20 minutes.
- Even cooler days in the 60s can cause a car temperature to rise well above 110° F.
- The Centers for Disease Control report that very high body temperatures can cause damage to the brain and other vital organs, as well as heat stroke and death.
- Cracking the windows makes barely any difference, according to studies.
- A dog’s normal body temperature is between 101 to 102.5 degrees; a dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death, according to Redrover.org.
The key point being made by animal protection organizations and vets is: If it’s hot outside, leave your dog at home.
Remember, even in mild weather a car’s internal temperature can rise to dangerous temperatures rapidly.
With spring and summer around the corner, please share this article to remind dog owners not to leave their pets in cars. And with parents so they don’t leave kids in the car either.