In the course of developing HeatKills.org, and videotaping incidents of dogs locked in hot cars, I’ve heard it over and over again: “But it’s only 75 degrees…” Or, “I didn’t know the interior temperature could rise that far, that fast!!!” Or, “But I left the windows partly open!!!”
This video contains a heartbreaking story by Jules Benson, DVM, Chief Veterinary Medical Officer of Pet Plan Pet Insurance, about his personal encounter with a dog who’d been left in a car on a 75-degree day – and couldn’t be saved.
It is every dog parent’s obligation to study this issue, and to never leave their dog in a car when the temperature is 70 degrees or above.
Pet Plan Pet Insurance has created the Driven To Bark campaign, to raise awareness of the danger to dogs in hot cars, and to encourage states to enact legislation that prohibits leaving dogs in unattended vehicles. See their press release here, sign their petition here, and see their embeddable-downloadable posters here.