Dogs Die in Hot Cars
11 CommentsThursday, 22 May 2014 | D for Dog
Today saw the launch of the Dogs Trust #hotcarskilldogs campaign.
Did you know that more than one in 10 people know of a dog that has come to harm left in a parked car in hot weather? What's even more shocking is that almost half of us (48%) mistakenly believe it is OK to leave a dog in a car if counter-measures are taken (window open or parked in shade). Sadly over a quarter of UK dog owners admit to leaving their dog alone in parked cars. AA call outs to dogs locked in parked cars have increased by 50% in the past six years.
Hot cars kill dogs
Under 20 minutes in a hot car can prove fatal to a dog should its body temperature exceed 41°C. As the temperature inside the car rises, in just a matter of minutes, the dog's suffering will become evident through excessive panting, whimpering or barking. This will develop into a loss of muscle control and ultimately the kidneys will cease to function, the brain will become irreversibly damaged and the heart will stop.
Make a difference
Please share the new, hard-hitting video by Dogs Trust. Help make as many people as possible aware of the damaging affects leaving a dog in a car can have.