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Dogs in Hot Cars - The Window Breakers

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on July 3, 2018 21:33

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Love your dog? Don’t leave him in the car while you run into the bank for 10 minutes. Heat stroke can happen quickly in hot summer temperatures.

Hot car deaths aren't limited to kids. People who would never think about leaving a child in a hot car don’t think twice about leaving their dogs.

A 70-degree day can have a car get to 89 degrees within 10 minutes and 104 degrees within 30. Remember that dogs don’t have the same ability to sweat that humans do so he is suffering much sooner than you think.  Leaving your dog in the car is putting your dog in a situation where he will start to experience heat stroke.

This is what heat stroke looks like for a dog. They begin with basic panting, which can seem almost normal. You won’t be able to see the dehydration from the outside of the car, but soon the dog will start to drool thick mucous excessively. The dog’s heart begins to race with irregular heartbeats. Gums redden.

The dog might vomit and go into seizures or experience muscle tremors. The dog's movement may seem drunk and he might go unconscious. Left untreated, the dog can go into shock, cardiac arrest and experience kidney failure. He can die!

It is painful to watch and painful to think that a dog left unattended for any period of time in a car may soon have this fate. What can a bystander do if walking by a car and sees a dog locked inside? Many states have passed “hot car laws” allowing a person to help a child or animal left in a locked car.

There are eight states with “Good Samaritan” laws that allow you to break a car window in order to save a pet. If you live in California, Colorado, Indiana, Massachusetts, Wisconsin, Florida, Ohio or Tennessee, breaking the window is allowed. You need to call law enforcement to notify them of the incident before breaking the window unless you live in Indiana or Colorado where no requirement exists.

Other states require law enforcement to be called. It is law enforcement who is allowed to break the window in the emergency scenario. Currently there are only two states, New Jersey and West Virginia where it is illegal to break the car window to save an animal even though it is also illegal to confine an animal in an automobile.

Some people think that by leaving the window cracked, they have given the dog enough fresh air to avoid heat stroke. This just isn’t the case. But if a window is cracked, you aren’t breaking a window by providing the animal with ice or cool water if they are still conscious.

The reality is summer temperatures in cars and even on hikes are often too hot for our dogs. Good judgment is our responsibility, not theirs. Those demonstrating poor judgment, well the rest of us need to make sure we are the advocates for those who don’t have a voice.  

Kimberlee Leonard

Posted on July 3, 2018 21:33

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