A dog who was left in a Kirkland, Wash. car this afternoon in the blistering heat is safe - thanks to the vigilance of a good Samaritan. The good Samaritan, who asks to not be named, saw the dog panting in the car and went into action. She discussed the incident with Seattle Pets Examiner today.
"The temperature reading on my car said 93 degrees," the good Samaritan explained. "The car was parked directly in the sun with the dog inside, so I called the police and waited for them."
In the greater Seattle, Washington area, it has been extremely hot lately - far too hot to bring a pet and leave them in the car - whether the windows are cracked or not. Vehicles can reach fatally high temperatures in minutes.
According to the Humane Society, you should never leave your pet in a parked car. They state:
Never leave them in the car. Not even for a minute. Not even with the car running and air conditioner on. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Your pet may suffer irreversible organ damage or die.
When the owner of the vehicle finally approached the car after more than thirty minutes, the good Samaritan told her that the dog was in distress and that she had reported the incident and the vehicle to the police.
"She swore at me," the good Samaritan stated.
She added: "The dog was in the car for at least 30 minutes. The driver would deny that, but I waited outside for someone to show up. I had perishables in the car, but that wasn't even on my mind. The woman left before the cops even got there. I made her nervous by telling her that I already reported her."
Hopefully this person will think twice about taking their dog into the heat again.
According to the Humane Society, this good Samaritan did everything right. The Humane Society provides the following advice if you find a pet left in a vehicle:
Leaving pets locked in cars is never safe. But when the weather gets warmer, it can be deadly. Pets can't withstand high temperatures—they can cause irreparable organ damage and even death.
Take down the car's make, model and license-plate number. If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car's owner. If the owner can't be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive.
Thank you to the good Samaritan who acted on behalf of this little dog. Animals cannot speak for themselves - we have to advocate for them.
Pet heat safety can save an animal's life. Sadly, many dogs left in cars die every year. Please share this information about pet heat dangers to help protect other animals.
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