Press release announcing HeatKills.org – July 14, 2014

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July 14, 2014

For immediate release:

NEW WEBSITE HELPS RAISE AWARENESS
OF DANGER TO DOGS IN HOT CARS

(Charlottesville, VA) A new website, HEATKILLS.ORG, has been created to raise awareness of the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars, and to engage in activism to help combat this phenomenon, through tougher legislation and law enforcement.

Research shows that even on a 70 degree day, the interior temperature of a car with the windows cracked can reach 100 degrees within 20 minutes. A dog trapped in such a car can quickly begin to suffer brain damage or heatstroke, and ultimately die.

Most dog parents, I believe, are simply unaware of how dangerous it is to leave their best friends in cars, during the spring, summer and fall months,” says Jon Sutz, creator of HeatKills.org. “Yet it seems that with increasing regularity, we see news reports that document incidents of dogs dying as a result of being left in hot cars, all across America.”

Shayna Angele Sutz, the inspiration for HeatKills.org. Learn about this "miracle dog" here.

Shayna Angele Sutz, the inspiration for HeatKills.org. Learn about this “miracle dog” here.

After videotaping numerous such incidents in Charlottesville, VA, and finding it difficult to locate reliable, well-ordered information and resources for those interested in helping to combat this phenomenon, Jon decided to create a website to serve this purpose. He has dedicated HEATKILLS.ORG to the memory of his beloved Shayna, the “miracle dog” who helped to save his life and spirit after 9/11, and about whom he wrote his first book, “Saved By Shayna: Life Lessons From A Miracle Dog.”

Jon defined three core missions for HEATKILLS.ORG:

  • To raise awareness of the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars
  • To help raise money to provide educational programs and temperature probes for local police forces across America
  • To help enact tougher laws against those who leave dogs in hot cars

To start this process, Jon developed the following infographic, which demonstrates how quickly the temperature inside a car can rise to dangerous levels, and integrated it into printable-embeddable flyer:

HKheatrise2Jon is seeking to align himself with anyone who can donate time, knowledge, or some other resource to help advance the public’s understanding of this issue. “One person cannot make much of of a difference,” he said. “But perhaps, with a unifying website like HEATKILLS.ORG behind us, those who are concerned about this issue can join together to help save dogs from such unnecessary suffering, and death.”

For more information, contact Jon at 434-825-8428 or jon@heatkills.org.

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About the Author

About the Author: My name is Jon Sutz. I am a dog-loving multimedia graphic designer, writer and creative consultant, in Charlottesville, VA (bio). But the most important, joyous job I've ever had, was as "dad" to Shayna, the miracle dog who helped to save my life after 9/11, and about whom I wrote my first book, "Saved By Shayna: Life Lessons From A Miracle Dog." Learn more about Shayna at her website. In tribute to Shayna, I developed HeatKills.org to help raise awareness of the dangers of leaving one's dog in a hot car. .

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