Videos of dogs in hot cars
(The following videos were taken by Jon Sutz, creator of HeatKills.org)
June 18, 2014: Black Lab in hot SUV for est. 30 minutes, in 90 degree temperature
I suppose in a way, I should thank the woman who left her beautiful black Lab in her black SUV to roast, today. Because it was this act, and the unbelievable arrogance with which she tried to defend it, that spurred me to finally create HeatKills.org. Or rather, it made me feel (literally) as if my beloved Shayna was nosing me, nudging me, telling me, “You have all the skills and knowledge to do this. Please, do it for me, and for my dog friends.”
Specifically, this woman left her black Lab in a black SUV, in 90 degree direct sunlight (see temperature info for this day at bottom of page here), for about 30 minutes – and I captured four video clips of it.
The video is self-explanatory. If you know anything about the science of why it is so dangerous to leave dogs in hot cars, let alone in direct sunlight – even if the windows are open – you’ll know why I got so upset at the end. You’ll catch only the beginning of my confrontation with this woman; the video cut off because a call was coming in. Were it not for that, you would have heard exactly what I describe she said, as to why she had been away from her SUV for so long – and her unbelievably arrogant, dismissive attitude.
Addendum: On June 11, 2013, exactly one week before the above video, a similar situation played out at the same location. I was sitting in front of Hot Cakes with a friend, at 3:00pm, the temperature was about 84 degrees (see temperature info for this day at bottom of page here). An SUV parked in the same spot as the one above. A young couple got out, and one reached in through the partially-opened back window, perhaps six inches, to pet the head of a big Rottweiler, then began walking over to the Kroger grocery store.
I stood up and asked them to please not leave their dog in the car, and expressed my concern about how quickly it can get dangerously hot in there for a dog. The couple looked at each other, and discussed it. The girl then said she won’t leave the dog there, and got in the truck and drove away. The guy took a few steps towards me, and said, “Thanks for ruining half of our f*cking afternoon. I’ve got shopping and a million things to do.” I was about to get into a… debate with him, when my friend urged me to not carry forth; that the dog would be safe, and that I should disengage, which I did.
August 4, 2013: Shayna and I observe two dogs confined to a hot car
Granted, the windows were cracked. But as the chart at the bottom of this page shows, my estimation that it was about 75 degrees at 10:30am on this date was pretty accurate. Assuming the dogs had been in that car for ten minutes, according to scientific research, the interior temperature would have risen to around 95 degrees; after twenty minutes, it would have risen to about 105 degrees.
Not knowing how long the dogs been in that car, I called the police, then went to speak to the managers of the Barnes & Noble and neighboring merchants, and asked them to summon whoever owned that car, to notify them that the police had been called for suspected animal neglect.
I waited around for a few minutes, but neither the police nor the owner showed up. At that point I had done all I could, and wanted to get Shayna out of the sun – as you can see, she was panting pretty hard.
August 18, 2012: Shayna and I observe a dog confined to a hot truck
Granted, the windows were cracked. But as the chart at the bottom of this page shows, my estimation that it was about 75 degrees at 9:30am on this date was pretty accurate. As I note on the video, during the course of observing this dog for about 20 minutes, I called 911 twice. According to scientific research, the interior temperature rose to about 105 degrees.
By the time the police officer arrived, the truck was gone.