$2,000 fine for leaving a dog in a hot car in Vermont
280 calls for dogs in hot cars by mid July, 2014 at the Frederick County Animal Control
30 degrees hotter than outside is how much a car can heat up in 10 minutes with windows cracked
15-minutes is the time it can take for a dog to experience brain damage in a hot car
The easiest way to save dogs is to educate by handing out our hot car flyers. They contain information about the dangers of hot cars and what to do if someone sees an animal in distress. Hand them out at events, leave a stack at your local pet store or place on a car window.
When you do an autopsy on a dog that died this way [in a hot car], the organs are soupy.
In just 12.5 minutes, the temperature rose from 100 degrees to 142 degrees. It was unbearable. I was having a hard time breathing and my hands started shaking… If I was a dog in here, I’d be dead.
After waiting an additional thirty minutes [once the puppy, near death, was removed from the car] for owner's to come back to the vehicle, 23-year-old Lajessica Mckenzie and 20-year-old Carleisha Shelly, were greeted by Slidell Police officers, and subsequently placed under arrest for Simple Cruelty to Animals. The two girls told officers they didn't think they would be shopping for a long period of time.
What the Cool People Are Doing
We always hear about the not-so-cool people who leave their dogs in hot cars – but what about the cool people who don’t? Find out what they’re doing across the US to keep dogs cool.
Cool Tools to Help Dogs
Order hot car fliers (easy to leave on car windows), write letters to the editor and discover more ways to educate others about the dangers of leaving dogs
in hot cars.
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