HeatKills seeks to organize “dog patrols”

Written by on August 19, 2014 in HeatKills News



August 18, 2014

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Download a PDF version of this press release here.

(Charlottesville, VA) According to scientific research, even in temperatures as low as 70 degrees, dogs left in cars with the windows partially open can begin to suffer heatstroke within ten minutes.

Now, the creator of HEATKILLS.ORG, a new website that is dedicated to raising awareness of this danger, is seeking to form “dog patrols” to walk or drive through shopping malls, to spot and alert police to dogs that are locked in hot cars (read the press release announcing the debut of HEATKILLS.ORG here).

HEATKILLS.ORG creator Jon Sutz says the inspiration for this effort was a story he read about a Canadian shopping mall that recently launched a “pet patrol,” after police broke into a hot car to rescue a dog (tinyurl.com/mn68mcd).

Reading about what the Mini Mac Mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia did, to help save dogs from suffering in hot cars, inspired me to want to create a similar program right here in Charlottesville, VA,” says Sutz, a multimedia graphic designer and writer. “Charlottesville is very sophisticated, dog-loving college town, yet I have witnessed, and videotaped, numerous incidents of dogs being left in hot cars. That story about the Mini Mac Mall really sparked in me a desire to create pet patrols to help rescue at-risk dogs. Hopefully, if it works here in Charlottesville, we can take the project nationwide.”

Dog patrol volunteers will either walk or drive through malls in scheduled one- or two-hour shifts, looking for dogs left in cars, and call the police if they determine a dog may be at risk of heatstroke.

Malls will be encouraged to donate digital heat sensors to dog patrol volunteers and police departments, so they can accurately determine the interior temperature of a vehicle in which a dog is confined. Because dog patrol volunteers will be familiarized with the science of heat in confined vehicles, and the visible signs of heatstroke in dogs, local police will know that when they receive a call from a dog patrol, it is based legitimate concern, meriting a prompt response.

Even on a 70-degree day, research shows that the temperature inside a car with the windows partially open can rise to 89 degrees within ten minutes, and to 99 degrees within twenty minutes, placing a dog in immediate danger of heat-stroke, or worse. To clarify this point, 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:


Jon seeks to align himself with anyone who can donate time, knowledge, or some other resource to help advance his website’s mission. “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 (a) heatkills.org.


Download a PDF version of this press release here.






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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