It is almost the season where the temperatures warm up and busy dog owners can no longer continue certain cooler temperature habits, namely leaving their dogs in cars. Not only is leaving a dog in the car for prolonged periods in hot weather dangerous, but it can also have some unpleasant repercussions. Some good Samaritans take the law into their own hands and break windows to free dogs, while others lean away from vigilantism and just call the cops. It seems one such individual has already found out just what can happen when you leave a dog in the car.
A nurse in Florida was taken into custody today after a passerby called the police after seeing her dog was locked in a car outside Oak Hill Hospital. The caller had become concerned enough to phone after seeing the dog panting heavily and foaming at the mouth. An animal control officer broke the windows to free the dog from the car whose temperature measured 120 degrees even though it was only 75 degrees outside. The animal control officer estimates that the dog had been in the car for over an hour.
When the dog was pulled out, it was described as "not doing well." The animal had lost the strength to stand on its own and would not have lasted much longer in the car. Officers immediately began efforts to try and cool the dog by offering it water and putting ice on its paws. The dog was transferred to the local veterinarian office and is reported to be recovering.
While the warm weather arrives earlier in Florida, it is important that everyone everywhere understands the dangers of leaving both pets and children in a car unattended, even if the windows are cracked. As shown by this example that happens far too often, temperatures can quickly soar to fatal levels in cars during the summer months. Leaving a dog or child in a car unattended on a hot day can and often is a matter of life and death. Witnesses to these events should report the incident to the police along with a description and license plate number of the car.