Each year as the weather gets nicer and more people are taking their dogs with them on errands, we are reminded that did should not be left in vehicles as they can easily overheat and suffer physically and sometimes fatally.
Clearly, it is never they intent of a dog owner to injure it kill their pet, but accidents do happen. Several grocery chains, including Wegmans, post signs reminding customers to leave their dogs at home.
According to the American Humane Association, even with an outside temperature of 70-degrees, the inside of a vehicle can climb to 90-degrees in just ten minutes!
Prevention is the first step. Please leave your dog at home if it will be dangerous to leave them in your car if you are going somewhere dogs are not welcome.
Action may be needed if you encounter an animal in a dangerous situation. Remember, not all areas have protections in place for people forcefully removing an animal from danger. The Humane Society Of The United States has this guideline: Get the identifying information for the vehicle and have the owner paged, call the local non-emergency police number and wait for them to arrive.
Main Graphic from ASPCA.