Summer is here and with it comes not only fun, but sweltering hot days. It’s also when we will inevitably see news stories about people who ran into a store for just a second and left their dog in the car where the animal overheated and died.
Time and time again we’ve been told even a few minutes is too long, but people don’t listen. Arizona Cardinals player Tyrann Mathieu filmed this video with Peta to show how quickly a car becomes deadly.
It starts on a 90 degree summer day with a crossover sitting in a sunny parking lot. He opens the door, takes a seat, and the countdown begins. Two minutes later, the temperature is up to 97 degrees and Mathieu is looking hot. Four minutes and it’s at 105 degrees. After eight minutes, the car is at 120 degrees and Mathieu gives up.
He is drenched in sweat and looks like he’s been working hard at practice, not sitting in a car for eight minutes. The man is visibly distressed. Think about that for a second. Eight minutes is hardly enough time to walk in, grab a gallon of milk at the grocery store, and walk back out to your car. In that brief time, your pet is dead.
Humans fare a little better than dogs because we sweat. Dogs can’t sweat so as the temperature creeps higher there’s no way for them to try and keep cool. Mathieu stuck it out to 120 degrees, but your pet can suffer heatstroke at 105 degrees. This means his organs are failing while you’re opening the door to the dairy case and shivering in that nice cold air.
Pets are like family. You wouldn’t leave your kid strapped in the backseat and you shouldn’t leave your dog there either. It’s not worth the risk of potential harm and heartache if something happens to the beloved family pet just because you were in too much of a rush to drop him off at home and run errands later.
Spread the word and if you see a dog in a hot car, don’t simply walk by and leave the animal to suffer. Call 911 and make sure the day doesn’t end with someone’s pet dying in the summer sun.