Animal Control Demonstrates Dangers of Pets Left in Hot Cars

Published 07/19 2013 05:20PM

Updated 07/19 2013 06:20PM

These are the dog days of summer but dogs are often the first to fall victim to the summer heat especially if they're left in the car. The next time you think about leaving your four-legged friend behind, Evansville Animal Control wants you to think again.

"You hate to see any animal or young child in any kind of pain especially when it comes to temperatures like this," said Evansville Animal Control Officer Kelly Yarde. "They literally start baking from the inside out."

The spacious cabin of a car can quickly become an oven. And far too often, Yarde responds to calls of pets locked in them after their owners choose convenience over companionship.

"They're sitting in there wearing a fur coat," Yarde said.

He sees it every day but it shouldn't be that way. With that in mind, he set up a simulation to demonstrate the dangers.

Yarde parked his car in the Back 40 parking lot, barely cracked open all four windows and walked away. The mercury began to rise.

A thermometer on the window read 110 degrees. The thermometer near the backseat read 120 degrees. The thermometer on the dashboard read 150 degrees.

These readings came in after less than 20 minutes.

"What people don't realize is that dogs don't sweat like we do," Yarde said. "They release their heat through their mouth by panting. They can only pant so much."

At this point, many dogs would be struggling. Depending on the size and breed of the dog, seizures can come in just a few minutes. Yarde says a window that's cracked open won't help that much either.

There is a $250 fine if you leave your pet in the car and officers determine it's hazardous to their health, per city ordinance.

You can also be charged with a misdemeanor.

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