The 3 Steps You Must Follow To Rescue A Dog In A Hot Car


The American Veterinary Medical Association says hundreds of dogs die after being left in hot cars each year. What some dog owners don’t realize is just how quickly a car with no air conditioning can get scorching hot. The Humane Society says that at 72 degrees, the inside of a car can heat up to 116 degrees in just an hour. When it’s 80 degrees outside, it only takes a minute for the inside of a car to reach a broiling 99 degrees.

Rolling down the windows has next to no effect, and one charity warns it can take as little as 20 minutes for a dog to die in the heat. That means any would-be rescuers have to act fast. But there are risks to being a good Samaritan. Any owner irresponsible enough to leave an animal in a hot car could try to get you in trouble with the law for smashing their window. What are the rules about rescuing pets from these situations?

Take notes
Once you notice a dog has been left in a hot car, start taking notes right away,

Copy the make, model, and license plate number of the car, along with what time you first noticed the dog inside.

Take precaution
Before you do anything hasty, head into the nearest business and ask them to make an announcement for the car’s owner.

Nine times out of 10, a regretful owner will rush out of the store to help their pet. But you need to act quickly on the off chance that no one answers the message.

Take action
If the owner does not arrive, you should call for help.

There are several options for who to call depending on the situation:

Call the local non-emergency police number to request advice.
Call AAA or another car service to open the vehicle.
Call the local animal control bureau or the local SPCA branch.

It may be tempting to break open a car window, but you could land in serious trouble for doing this in some states.

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