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.
From the Animal Legal Defense Fund: Indiana Passes “Good Samaritan” Law to Protect Dogs in Hot Cars, by Nicole Pallotta, June 13, 2017: On April 26, 2017, Governor Eric Holcomb signed House Bill 1085 into law, making Indiana the ninth state to pass a “good Samaritan” hot car law allowing a citizen to forcibly enter […]
. On Friday, June 8, 2018 at approximately 3:30pm, I was leaving a Charlottesville, VA park after having spent a few hours there. The temperature at that time was approximately 88 degrees, with 60% humidity, and practically no wind (3mph). As I approached my vehicle, in the very full parking lot of about 200 spaces, […]
How much does the heat rise in a car when left out in daylight, and how quickly? Much more than most people realize.
I was interviewed on “The Schilling Show” on WINA today, regarding why I created HeatKills.org, why it is so dangerous to leave a dog in a car, and my new report on the local SPCA’s failure to publish accurate information concerning these matters.
Why would a Virginia SPCA publish nothing on its website or Facebook page about heatstroke and dogs, but produce a flyer containing incorrect medial advice? Good question.
Two big dogs were trapped in a truck with the windows barely cracked, in 85 degree direct sunlight, for approximately ten minutes when I shot this video (right after I called the police). Fortunately their owners arrived before the police did – and got a little lecture from me.