Pet owners should never take a chance with their dog’s health, stresses Holly Barber, manager of the Dogs Die in Hot Cars campaign.
“People don’t believe it will happen to them or they tell themselves they’ll only be a minute, but it simply isn’t good enough,” Barber said in the press release. “We’re pleading with people not to take the risk and to leave their pets at home where they will be safe and happy.”
If you see a dog trapped in a hot car, look for signs of distress, such as excessive panting and drooling, vomiting, lethargy and unresponsiveness.
Before taking matters into your own hands, call 911 and alert authorities to the dog’s situation, then try to find the owner while you wait for help to arrive. Breaking into a hot car to free an animal may be treated as a criminal act, but a few states have Good Samaritan laws that may protect you. By spreading the word about the dangers of heat exhaustion, you can help save lives this summer.