Horrifying Facts: What summer heat can do to dogs left alone in parked cars!

Heat waves have struck many parts of the country over the past couple of weeks and consequently, there have been a rising number of reports involving dogs suffering and even dying of heatstroke as a result of being left alone in parked cars. Leaving a dog, or any pet for that matter, abandoned in a car on a hot summer day, even for only a few minutes, is considered animal abuse and cruel. Some pet owners believe that leaving the windows of a car cracked open will allow the animal to receive enough air to stay cool but this is a complete misconception.

Aside from the record-breaking temperatures New York and many other parts of the country have seen lately, even a relatively mild temperature such as 85 degrees will allow for the interior of a parked car to reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes! Dogs, unlike humans, do not have the ability to cool their bodies down efficiently by sweating. Instead, dogs cool their bodies down a lot slower and less effectively by panting. Within a very short period of time, a dog with a high body temperature can suffer critical health effects such as damage to the nervous system, heart, liver and brain.

Needless to say, leaving a dog alone in a parked car in warm temperatures is cruel and in as many as 14 states even illegal. If a dog is seen trapped in a parked car you should immediately try to find the car’s owner. If the owner is not found or refuses to comply, contact local law enforcement and/or animal control.

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  1. zoeystory
    Posted June 7, 2013 at 8:47 pm | Permalink

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  2. Posted June 6, 2013 at 8:40 am | Permalink

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  3. admin
    Posted September 10, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi Chanel,
    We at ZoeyStory could not agree more. It is soooooo not worth the risk. Thanks for the comment! Woof!

  4. Chanel
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Permalink

    My friend left her dog in the car by accident and killed him. It breaks my heart to think of how the dog suffered and how he is suffering now for his mistake. Just not ever worth the risk.

  5. admin
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 6:20 pm | Permalink

    Hi Ben, Thanks for your comment. You couldn’t be more right!!!

  6. admin
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 6:18 pm | Permalink

    Yes, the best answer is to leave our furry friends at home while we run errands.

  7. Ben
    Posted June 30, 2012 at 9:30 am | Permalink

    Yes the best way to do it is to NOT do it.

  8. Posted March 16, 2011 at 11:26 am | Permalink

    I have read several times that it is importnat to leave a window open if forced to leave a pet in the car during hot weather. This does not really help given that the air tempreature outside of the vehicle is high anyway. The best advice is simply not to leave a pet in a vehicle. Great information Thanks.

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