If you think it's common sense to not leave a dog inside a parked car, tragic headlines from just the last few weeks tell us this life-saving caution is still not common enough.
On June 11, a German shepherd died after being left in a car with its windows rolled up in Staten Island, New York.
On June 26, a Chihuahua died of heat exhaustion from being stuck inside a car in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
And on June 29, a 3-year-old English Setter died in Wausau, Michigan after being left in a car with windows rolled up for more than two hours. According to local police, the temperature of the window glass was 121 degrees, even though the day's high temperature was 79 degrees.
These stories add to the thousands each year of animals suffering and succumbing to heatstroke in unattended vehicles. The circumstances behind each case may be different, but the avoidable causes are the same, and all point to a single conclusion:
Never leave an animal alone in a car.
Mild weather can seem deceptively safe, but it is not. In less than 30 minutes, the temperature inside a car can rise more than 30 degrees higher than the temperature outside. This is true even if car windows are cracked open or the car is parked in the shade. Dogs can't cool themselves down as easily as we can, and once they overheat, they can suffer serious organ damage and die.