Vet professionals warn against leaving animals unattended in summer heat

Did you know it is illegal to leave an animal alone in a car in Hoover, Alabama? Phil Doster, director of operations at the GBHS, and our friends at the Grants Mill Animal Hospital tell reporter Joey Kennedy that leaving animals alone in a vehicle can be a deadly mistake anytime, but especially this time of year.

“The inside of a car can be 20 to 30 degrees or more hotter than the air temperature. Do the math. As our temps get closer to 100 degrees, we’re talking 10 or 15 minutes for a dog to suffer from heat stroke,” said Dr. Lindsey Petras, owner of Grants Mill Animal Hospital.

Even with the heat warnings and pet care education, it is common for people to leave pets unattended, even for brief periods of time. For those like Petras and Doster, this is cause for action. What should you do if you see a pet locked in a hot car?

“What I generally recommend is make a phone call and wait,” Doster said. As far as breaking out a window, “if it comes down to the dog dying, I’m going to do it,” Doster said. “But I don’t recommend other people do it. It’s going to be better for a law-enforcement officer to do it than you.”

The article states it’s against the law to leave an animal in an automobile alone, at any time of year, and maybe that’s an ordinance that should be adopted by other municipalities. Then, at least, there would be more justification for a forced entry into a car containing an unaccompanied canine. What do you think?

Read the full article by Joey Kennedy here.


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