Do you know what to do if you see a dog left unattended in a car on a hot day? With the record breaking heat this summer, it’s even more dangerous for dogs to be left in cars where the temperatures can reach near 115 degrees in as short as half an hour. Never leave your pet unattended in a car, no matter how short of a trip you think you are making. Here are tips from the ASPCA on what to do if you see a dog left alone in a car.
Step 1: Try to Locate the Pet Parent
If you can’t see anyone near by, go into the store and ask that they page for the people over the loudspeaker. Most stores are happy to do this for you.
Step 2: Educate
If the owners show up, nicely explain the dangers of leaving their pet in a hot car. If they don’t show up go onto step 3.
Step 3: Call 911
Fourteen states have enacted specific laws that protect dogs in hot cars. Even if it’s not a law in your state, depending on the condition of the dog it could constitute cruelty.
For more information visit the ASPCA website.