Pets in Hot Cars – A Cracked Window Is Not Enough

Pets in Hot Cars
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As the summer is quickly approaching, we have to be mindful that our actions significantly impact our pets. 

It is essential to remember that we can’t ever leave them unattended in a car, even for a short time and a cracked window. Otherwise, it could lead to a horrible tragedy.

Every year, way too many pets die because they were left in a parked vehicle. The consequences could be severe within just minutes. Pets left in a hot car could suffer from heatstroke, organ and brain damage, and, worst case, death. 

This week police and animal services in Sarasota, Florida, rescued a dog that was locked in a parked car. The police ended up breaking the window, and when they checked the temperature in the vehicle, it was 115 degrees! 

Florida laws prohibit unattended pets left in cars, but sadly, it is illegal only in a few states. Although this kind of neglect might not be intentional, it is a form of animal abuse with severe health consequences. 

If you see an animal struggling in a hot vehicle, call 911 immediately. Although your first instinct may be to break the vehicle’s window, remember that it could lead to criminal damage and potentially a battle in court.

Always communicate with the police on what you intend to do and document everything. Take as many pictures and videos of the animal and collect names and numbers of people who witnessed the neglect.

So how can we properly care for our animals without panicking about a possible emergency situation

To make life easier, we’ve added a few suggestions on what to do when you’re running errands with your pets.

  • Shop at pet-friendly stores such as Target
  • Bring a friend that can keep your pet company
  • Go to stores that have a drive-through option
  • Leave your pet at home or with a friend
  • Take your pet to daycare

Even though we love our pets and want them to be with us all the time, sometimes the best way to keep them safe is to keep them at home. Never, ever leave an animal unattended in a parked vehicle.

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