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What would you do if an animal was locked in a car during extreme temperatures?

We have all heard the stories but how many of you have actually witnessed a cat or dog locked inside a heated automobile in the middle of July or August during a heatwave or during one of our frostbite winter temperatures? If you walked by a car and noticed that the doors were locked with the heat/air condition turned off, would you approach the vehicle and look inside to see if the key was even in the engine or to listen to whether the motor was running for keyless engine switches? Would you call the police or take down the license plate and then report it at a later time to avoid any confrontation by the owner? If the parking lot is located somewhere with a single building such as a library, movie theatre, bank, or grocery store, would you go inside and ask an employee to help track down the owner of the vehicle?

What would you do?

What would you do?

  1. Call 911
  2. Take down the license plate and report the owner at a later time
  3. Wait for the owner of the vehicle to return and give them a piece of your mind
  4. Attempt to lower a window
  5. Break a window
  6. Attempt to locate the owner with the help of employees at nearby parking lots
  7. Walk away because it is none of your business
  8. Just assume that someone else will do something about it
  9. Other

According to PETA

Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car—even for “just a minute”—while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

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Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads.

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Watch for heatstroke symptoms such as restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination. If a dog shows any of these symptoms, get him or her out of the heat, preferably into an air-conditioned vehicle, and then to a veterinarian immediately. If you are unable to transport the dog yourself, take him or her into an air-conditioned building if possible and call animal control: Tell them it is an emergency.

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According to the Missouri Humane Society

Report Animal Abuse, Neglect or Animals in Distress

If you suspect an animal is being abused or neglected, contact the Humane Society of Missouri Animal Cruelty Task Force with the address (or detailed directions to location) where animal(s) can be found, and a detailed description of the neglect or abuse. Allegations of physical abuse require a witness name and contact number. Such information will be treated as confidential by us unless the matter is turned over to law enforcement for investigation and/or prosecution or unless a subpoena or court order requires such disclosure.

Report abuse or neglect by phone: (314) 647-4400

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