The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) recently released a poll exposing that good intentions do not always equal action when it comes to saving dogs in hot cars.
In a nationwide telephone poll, 93% of adults who have never encountered a dog in a hot car said they would do something to save the poor dog.
However, of those adults who have actually encountered the situation, only 67% made a move to rescue the dogs.
“Taking decisive action when you see a dog left in a hot car is critical during these warm months,” says Louise Murray, VP of the ASPCA Animal Hospital. “There is a startling gap between those who state they would act and those who actually did something when faced with the reality of a dog at risk. Closing that gap and taking action could mean the difference between life and death for these animals.”
Additional results from the survey showed:
- 51% of those who saw or heard a dog in a hot car tried to look for the owner. It is the most common action taken. This was also the top action survey participants said they would take in a hypothetical circumstances (65%).
- 24% said they tried to rescue the dog themselves.
- 23% phoned the police.
- Women were much more likely to have taken an action than men (75% versus 58%) when seeing a dog in a hot car.
Considering the season, pet owners should consider leaving their pets home instead of taking them on errands and then leaving them in their cars. It only takes 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 102 degrees on an 85-degree day —even when windows are slightly open. Within 30 minutes, the temperature inside the car can reach 120 degrees. Dogs can quickly overheat and suffer extensive organ damage, heatstroke and suffocation, which are all deadly.
Who will take action to save this dog if you decide to not do a thing?
After deciding to take action, the first step is to find the dog’s owner or contact the police immediately. The ASPCA recommends staying on the scene until help arrives, so that care can be given immediately and efficiently. They also urge all pet owners to leave their animals at home when running errands, to keep dogs away fromdeadly temperatures in unattended cars.
At home, it is suggested that you give pets unlimited access to cool areas with plenty of fresh drinking water.
If you think your Lab is overheating, contact your veterinarian immediately.
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