Dog’s love car rides and being able to feel the wind on their face. Although, cars can be super fun and exciting for dogs, it’s important not to leave a dog in a closed up car. As the days get hotter and hotter, it can be deadly for a dog to be alone in a hot car. It takes seconds for a car to become unbearable, especially for a dog. Here’s what to do incase you ever come in contact with a dog in a hot car:
- Prepare yourself with all the information you need incase you run into this problem. Add local police and animal control phone numbers to your phone in order to make it easier to call if needed. Be aware of Good Samaritan laws in your state regarding animals in hot cars (great to know for children as well).
- Try to get in touch with the owner of the car. If it’s at a store, go inside and ask the manager to alert costumers over the loud speaker. Many people are unaware of the dangers and will rectify the situation. Be sure to have the cars make, model, and license plate number.
- If this isn’t ideal or not helping, contact your local animal control or direct police line and wait until they arrive. Good Samaritan laws may make it legal for you to remove the animal, which makes it important to be aware of these local laws.
- Be sure to be vocal and spread the word about the dangers. Again, many people don’t realize how serious of an issue this can be. Even ask local businesses to put signs on display reminding patrons to not leave animals alone in hot cars.
- Take notice of local laws protecting animals in hot cars and if there aren’t it’s time to change that.
- Even when it’s cold outside, dogs are still not safe in cars alone. Also be aware that rolled down windows does not make the situation safer.
- Be aware of your surroundings and never be afraid to possibly save a dog’s life and an owner a lifetime of regret!
Much of this can also be applied to children alone in locked cars as well.