what to do if you see a dog left in a hot car

not only is this practice incredibly dangerous, but it’s illegal in california – and many other states.

according to the humane society of the united states (hsus), when it’s 72°outside, the temperature inside a car can heat up to 116° and when it’s 80°, the temperature inside a car can heat up to 99° within 10 minutes, quickly causing irreparable organ damage and even death.

find out what to do when you see a dog in danger.

and rolling down the window is not enough.

the hsus recommends these steps

  1.  take down the car’s make, model and license-plate number
  2. if there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car’s owner
  3. 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. (don’t be shy! according to the law, a “peace officer, humane officer, or animal control officer is authorized to take all steps that are reasonably necessary for the removal of an animal from a motor vehicle.”)

what you can do