Summer is a great time of the year, the sun is out and shining and people are out and about living life to the fullest. The sun beating down provides a great atmosphere for sunbathing and going swimming, and it generally results in people going out to other places more often. Unfortunately, there’s a major downside to this - people bring their pets places and then leave them in the car.
At 70 degrees on a sunny day, the interior temperature of a car can reach 113 in one hour. Dogs who are subjected to this torture typically don’t survive, and 16 states actually have laws on the books that allow people to break windows of cars a dog is left in if the dog is in danger. Officer Morris with the Riverside Animal Control department in California, has seen her fair share of dogs who have had to suffer this fate.
On a hot and sunny day in Riverside, she got the dreaded call about a pet left in a car on a hot and sunny day. When she arrived on scene, she was greeted with a white impala who had their windows cracked about an inch on each side. Office Morris heard weak cries coming from the vehicle, and when she looked inside she was greeted with the sight of a young pit bull puppy - likely only 8 to 10 weeks old.
When Officer Morris saw the young puppy, she immediately radioed her supervisor for his assistance. They were able to take the temperature in the car and it was a whopping 133 degrees inside the vehicle. They rushed the young female puppy to the veterinarian immediately in hopes of saving her life.
When the puppy arrived at the veterinary services division of the Riverside Police Department, she was first given a bath to help bring her temperature back down quickly! After her bath, she had a fan aimed at her and she was given water to help rehydrate her. Thankfully for this adorable girl, she suffered no ill side effects from her brush with death.
The owner of the gentle puppy apologized profusely, and was forced to pay a $140 fine for his negligence. Let’s hope he has truly learned his lesson and he never puts another dog through that ordeal.
Summer is a great time to get out and play games with your pets, but don’t forget the dangers that await them too. Take precautions to prevent heatstroke when you take out in the summer, don’t leave your dog in a hot car, and don’t forget to protect Fido’s paws from the hot asphalt (If it is 77 degrees outside, the asphalt in the sun is a whopping 125 degrees).
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