Maybe the owner who left their dog in the car and went to the movies should try spending a couple of hours in her Land Rover, with one window “open a few inches,” while Bella the pup goes to the movies.
If she wants to leave her dog in her car, she should at least purchase a dog crate and leave the windows all the way down.
I have never been so compelled to write to an editor on any topic until now.
No doubt Ms. Frank loves her dog and, perhaps after hearing from a veterinarian, going forward will reconsider taking her pup everywhere.
But in response to another reader’s question, “How will someone know I’ve only been gone long enough to grab a gallon of milk?” That’s the point, no one knows, and I applaud the person who reported Ms. Frank’s dog being left in their SUV.
Consider this: Cars are stolen with dogs in them. Just this past week, a military veteran ran into a convenience store for just a couple of minutes. When he returned, his car and beloved service dog were gone.
Fortunately, the dog was found unharmed wandering in a park miles away and they were reunited.
There was not such a happy ending for a friend of mine who left their dog for just a couple of minutes in a mini van. The van and dog were stolen and abandoned and found days later. Unfortunately, the dog died from heat-related causes.
Both of these cases made the news, and I’m hopeful others learned of the potential danger.
So, before leaving any animal in a car, regardless of the intended duration or weather, ask yourself this question: “Would I leave a child unintended in a car?”
In regard to the “mind your own business/pet left in car” letter to the editor, I’m glad it was brought up.
No, I was not the one who called the incident in, but I would have if it was any hotter.
Most people don’t realize a vehicle can become hot—and deadly—faster than you realize.
Even on a mild 72-degree day, a car’s internal temperature soars to 116 degrees within an hour, certainly enough to kill or injure any living creature left inside.
If the temperature outside is 70, it will reach 90 in only 10 minutes; if it’s 80 out, in 10 minutes it will reach 99; if 90 outside, in 10 minutes it will reach 109.
And, contrary to popular belief, cracking the windows will not make a significant difference to the extreme temperatures found inside the car.
I hope this clears up why someone concerned probably called.
Please understand that as much as your pet wants to be with you, it is life threatening for him to be in a hot car for any amount of time. Love him and leave him at home, safe and cool.