June 28, 2013 - Summer is here and the weather is getting hot. Leaving your dogs—or any pets—in the car is dangerous.
Please, be kind and leave them at home where they have shade and water.
If you find an animal locked in a hot car
Immediate action is imperative. Contact your local police and animal control officers right away. Because animals are considered property, it is against the law for private citizens to break into a vehicle to save an animal’s life.
Just a few minutes in a car, even if it is in the shade and the windows are cracked open, can be deadly.
What to look for
Signs of heat stroke include:
- excessive panting,
- disorientation and weakness,
- bright red tongue and mucous membranes,
- thick saliva;
- animals will often vomit and have bloody diarrhea.
As shock sets in, the lips and mucous membranes turn gray. Collapse, seizures, coma, and death rapidly follow.
What to do once the animal is removed from the vehicle
The animal should immediately be placed in the shade and doused with cool (not cold) water. Get the animal to a veterinarian immediately.
Remember: PETS ARE FAMILY TOO