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CT - Dogs face deadly consequences when left in cars

Discussion in 'Doberman Health Issues and Questions' started by Michele, Aug 4, 2010.

  1. Michele

    Michele Jr Member

    Please be careful with overheating your dogs!!!

    Earlier this month, Delta, a 14-year-old yellow Lab, waited patiently for her owner to finish shopping at a Maryland Costco. It was 104 degrees outside, and, according to the Frederick News Post, the dog died of heart failure brought on by the stress of hyperthermia, or overheating.

    The paper also stated that when a veterinarian took Delta's temperature, it was 110 degrees.

    Last year, a New Orleans K-9 officer left his dog unattended in a police vehicle in late May. According to Nola.com, a division of the Times Picayune, the 6-year-old Belgian Malinois "died from shock likely associated with heat stroke, after ripping up the car's seats in a desperate attempt to get out," according to a report obtained by the Metropolitan Crime Commission.

    Nola.com reported that the dog collapsed at a veterinarian's clinic with a temperature of 109.8 degrees.

    The K-9 underwent emergency treatment, but died after suffering three seizures.

    The website reported that the dog, a trained member of the New Orleans Police Department, "tore up both of the front seats of the SUV. The photos show the seats were reduced to chunks of yellow foam and fabric."

    And in Grandville, Mich., last year, a 3-year-old Chihuahua named Lucky died after his owner left him in the car on a 78-degree day, according to the Grand Rapids Press.

    The car's interior temperature was about 100 degrees, and the owner left the windows cracked about 1 inch, the paper reported.

    These tragic deaths could have been prevented if the owners had left their dogs at home.

    According to the The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, it only takes 10 minutes for the interior of your car to hit a deadly 102 degrees on an 85-degree day, even if the windows are open an inch or two. In 20 more minutes, the interior can reach 120 degrees. Even on a mild 70-degree day, the inside of the car can be as much as 20 degrees hotter. And it doesn't matter if you park in the shade; the car will still heat up.

    Dogs, especially those who are young, elderly, overweight, or with thick coats, are at the highest risk for overheating, which, as the above examples show, has proven to be deadly.

    Many states and local governments have laws that prohibit leaving an animal unattended in a motor vehicle under dangerous conditions, which include hot days.

    Under these laws, police, animal control agents and others may be authorized to enter by whatever means necessary to remove the animal.

    Under Connecticut State Statute, cruelty to animals can be prosecuted as a misdemeanor or a felony. Penalties can include a fine up to $1,000 and/or imprisonment of up to one year. The statute also provides for additional sentencing provisions including counseling and participation in animal cruelty prevention and education programs as conditions of probation.

    If you come across a dog left in a vehicle, even if it's wagging his/her tail and looks fine, even if the windows are cracked open, dial 9-1-1 immediately. Get the vehicle's license plate and description in case the owner drives away before police arrive.

    Animals can't defend themselves, and it's up to us to advocate for their safety. Even if you feel as though it's none of your business, it's a moral responsibility, and you can prevent an animal from suffering a horrible death.


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  2. Teufelhund in AZ

    Teufelhund in AZ Active Member

    The county I live in has laws against leaving animals in cars. Just a couple of nights ago on the news they showed a police officer breaking out the windows of a Hummer to free a trapped dog. Also it is illegal to chain a dog in this county.
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  3. Michele

    Michele Jr Member

    If I ever saw a dog in distress in a car, I'd break the windows to get that dog out of there.
  4. csmith4242

    csmith4242 Notable member

    It is amazing the number of toddlers that are left in cars here also. it does not take long to reach 130 degrees or more here in the desert, how stupid some people are astounds me.
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  5. Mike_W

    Mike_W Member

    Hey, you forgot the best part of the story.

    She was caught because she went back inside costco to get a refund on the dog food she just bought because her dogs was dead.

  6. My Mateese

    My Mateese Notable member


    WHEN IT IS SO HOT, LET ALONE LEAVE HER IN IT.:eek2::nono::no2::shout:
  7. MyBuddy

    MyBuddy Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    OMG.......people never cease to amaze me! The fact that she went back in to return the dog food........ugh...I have no words! Evil, just evil......
  8. ulysses

    ulysses Active Member

    I don't like Tucson's law. It's just not written very well. It should be illegal ABOVE a certain temperature, maybe. But not at all? Tucson does have a winter and cooler temperatures. I've found myself many times with one of my dogs with me in Tucson (or just passing through) and unable to even stop to run and get gas for fear someone would call the police on me.
  9. hrd2gt

    hrd2gt Well-Known Member

    This is why I pay $700 for car alarms with remote start. When I go to dog shows I leave them in the car while I unload and set up, I know I got 20 minutes to get it done before car goes off. Other perk is I can get out and take the keys, cuz many dogs have locked themselves in running cars while other owners are unloading as well. Also great if I have to make a quick run to Petsmart on my way to class. Both of my cars have these type of alarms wouldnt leave them in the car without it.

    Not to mention is great just to heat up a car before I get in on cold mornings too :)

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