Sunday, April 10, 2011

5-Minute Errand Could Kill Your Dog

I left a store this afternoon and in the parking lot was a dog in a car. It was 92 degrees outside. So I went back into the store and asked a salesperson to page the owner of the black Lexus.

She seemed a bit put off at having to do that and asked if I'd rather take water to the dog instead. I'm not sure water would have helped given how hot it was, and I don't know how I'd have given it to the dog with the windows cracked an inch or so. I told her I'd wait inside to make sure the owner showed up.

The owner did and proceeded to yell at me. She had just gone inside for five minutes, the car was parked in the shade with the windows cracked, and I should mind my own fucking business. I tried to explain to her that she didn't understand how hot it could get in the car in a matter of minutes, but it was futile.

When I went to PETA's headquarters for my interview last summer, I heard people in the Communications Department pitching items to media about not leaving dogs in cars in the summer--this after several dogs in different cities had died. While it doesn't take a genius to know that one shouldn't leave a dog in a car on a 92-degree day, until I started at PETA I didn't realize that even
on a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 to 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
I can only hope that horrid woman thinks twice before she leaves her dog in a hot car again.

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