Hot Cars and Pets Don't Mix
The other night I was loading my groceries into my car and I noticed a man was going to leave his dog in his parked car while he went into the store. It was a hot summer day in Utah and completely unacceptable. As he was walking away from the car, I approached the man and asked him if he planned on leaving his dog in the car while he was going to go into the store. He said, "Yes" like it was not a big deal. I advised him that it was way too hot outside to be leaving his dog in the car. He was starting to get annoyed with me and said, "lady go bother someone else". For those who know me, I was not backing down. I told him that it was 95 degrees as a high that day and it is unacceptable to leave your pet in the car. After going back and forth, he finally walked back to his car, watching and waiting for me to leave. I had no plans to leave until he took the dog out of his car or decided it was not worth the argument and leave. While confronting this man, there were other customers walking by and watching as I was talking to him. One man was parked next to me and also spoke up to him as he was leaving. At that point, the man took his dog out of the car and walked towards the store. I felt that this situation was a classic episode of What Would you Do? on ABC. However, there were no camera crews and no John Quiñones as the host.
So what should you do if you see a pet in a parked car?
If you are comfortable, approach the person.
If no one is around, take down the car's make, model and license plate number.
If there is a business nearby, notify the manager or someone in charge and ask them to make an announcement on their loud speaker to get the car owner's attention.
If no one can be found, call non-emergency police or animal control.
Don't leave until the situation is resolved.
If there is a case where the pet seems to be in distress, in some states, good samaritans can legally remove animals from cars under certain circumstances. I would follow up with your state laws to make sure.
Did you know....
When it is 72 degrees outside, the temperature in your car can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour, and on a 90 degree day, your car can heat up to as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minute.
PLEASE leave your beloved companion at home if you intend on running errands. They rely on us, to keep them safe.
Waggin Tails, Happy Travels!