The following was sent to me from a friend who lifted it from an unknown public website. I see this way too often. It happens way too often. Each of us needs to be on the lookout for this situation in the parking lot of everywhere we shop. CALL THE POLICE AND DON’T BE AFRAID TO ACT!!!


     It takes only minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to succumb to heatstroke and suffocation. Most people don’t realize how hot it can get in a parked car on a balmy day. However, on a 78-degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees — and hit a scorching 160 degrees if parked in the sun!
Even when the outside air temperature is in the 60s, temperatures inside some vehicles can reach the danger zone on bright, sunny days. So many experts recommend not leaving pets or children in parked cars even for short periods if the temperature is in the 60s or higher.
Rolling down a window or parking in the shade doesn’t guarantee protection either, since temperatures can still climb into the danger zone. And if the window is rolled down sufficiently, the pet can escape. Plus if a passer-by claims he or she was bitten through the car window, the pet owner will be liable.
What about leaving the dog in the car with the air-conditioning running? Many people do this, but tragedy can strike — and it has. For example, in 2003, a police dog in Texas died after the air-conditioning in the patrol car shut down and began blowing hot air. The air system’s compressor kicked off because the engine got too hot. Many cars, including modern models with computerized functions, are prone to the same problem. In August 2004, a North Carolina couple lost two of their beloved dogs, and nearly lost their third dogs, as result of a similar failure. They had left bowls of water and ice in the car, and the air-conditioning on, during their shopping trip of less than 30 minutes.Larbrdor and kid (2)
     Animals are not able to sweat like humans do. Dogs cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paws. If they have only overheated air to breathe, animals can collapse, suffer brain damage and possibly die of heatstroke. Just 15 minutes can be enough for an animal’s body temperature to climb from a normal 102.5 to deadly levels that will damage the nervous and cardiovascular systems, often leaving the animal comatose, dehydrated and at risk of permanent impairment or death.

Note from John:  Friends,  Imagine…YOU may be called upon to save a life in an overheated car.  It could be a dog, or, it could be a child!  At certain times in life, we are called upon to be our brother’s keeper.  Likewise, at certain times in life we are called upon to be the keeper of our brother’s dog!

One response to this post.

  1. Hello John, it is so nice to know that this weird world of ours can count with a so Terrific Human Being like you! People who Truly Love Animals are a different breed! Thank you so much for writing about dogs and by Loving Them from the deep of your heart!
    Your work with Them for most of your life gave you the inspiration to those wonderful books and stories that you wrote and will write. Those stories and books are precious as they are an inspiration to us Animal Lovers and a motivation for us to continue our work in behalf of the Voiceless Who suffer so much on this earth.
    Take care John, hugs and Thank you!


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