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
- take down the car’s make, model and license-plate number
- if there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car’s owner
- 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
- share this infographic with smart alternatives to leaving your dog in the car
- spread the word: download a free flyer to print and share
- take the pledge to never leave your dog in your car