Yesterday my husband and I were at the gas station filling up our car. I noticed the car in front of us just seemed to be parked there without filling up for gas. I didn’t think much of it until we drove past it and a dog was sitting in the passenger seat. I was mortified. It took about 10 minutes to fill up our car and we don’t know how long that car had been parked there for. It was 85 degrees outside and it was the hottest part of the day. I knew that dog was very hot because I sat in the car while my husband pumped the gas. I was literally sweating on my face.
We immediately stopped the car and got out to see if we could get in the car. The doors were locked. We talked to the workers at the gas station but we could not find anyone that owned the car. The gas station also has a Wendy’s connected. I could tell the dog inside the car was showing signs of overheating. It was very scary. We called our dispatch to get an officer over to the car since no one was claiming the car inside the station. When the officer arrived the person that owned the car came out of the Wendy’s. The officer asked him why he left his dog in the car and the guy said “It’s only a dog.” I was so upset and so angry that this person didn’t consider the heat and the dangers of leaving your dog in the car. The officer kept talking to him but we had to leave.
Here are the laws about leaving a dog in your car for each state: State Laws
Since it’s getting warmer outside its never ok to leave your dog in the car. Here are some facts about leaving your dog in the car:
- Studies have shown that cracking your windows has little effect on the temperature of the car
- Being in the shade does not help either
- When it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour
- When it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes (This was the temperature outside yesterday and the dog was in the car for longer than 10 minutes!)