Sadly, this kind of tragedy happens all the time. Every year, dogs die after being intentionally locked inside cars while their owners shop or run other errands.
When it is 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can rocket to 116 degrees within an hour, even with windows cracked. When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can soar to 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees in 30 minutes.
A dog’s normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees. Dogs can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a short time before suffering organ failure, brain and nerve damage — or even death.
If you see an animal in distress inside a vehicle, call your local animal control agency, police department or humane society right away.
The My Dog is Cool Campaign operated by RedRover lets people know that leaving a dog in a car for even “just a few minutes” may be too long.
To order or download educational fliers and posters, or to enter your zip code and find out if it is too hot to bring your dog in the car, visit:
July 21, 2011 at 1:09 p.m.