Don’t leave pets in hot cars

Posted at 12:51 PM, Jul 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-06 14:51:55-04

The first heat wave of 2018 is about to arrive in Great Falls and across Montana, with temperatures expected to soar into the 90s on Thursday and Friday.

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, hundreds of pets die every year from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles.

The temperature inside a vehicle can rise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can rise almost 30º F…and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that’s 110 degrees inside your vehicle!

Your vehicle can quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness and even death, even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to you. And cracking the windows makes no difference.

The Dogington Post website offers the following advice about what you can do if you see a pet in a hot car:

If you see a dog in a parked car, no matter which state or what that state’s laws provide for:

1. Make every reasonable effort possible to locate the dog’s owner.

2. Call local police and animal control and report the incident.

3. Remain with the dog until help arrives.

4. If the dog is in imminent danger and help has not yet arrived, you’ll have to use your own judgement, considering the possible legal ramifications of breaking and entering to save the dog.

Many of us would happily face criminal charges, fines, and possible jail time if it meant saving the life of a dog.


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