I was watching the ABC show “What Would You Do?? and it got me thinking…What would you do….
If you saw a baby locked in a hot car and the parents are no where to be found…would you break the window to help it and get it out of the car? The show said that that is what you are supposed to do and call the cops. Now would you do the same thing if there was a dog locked in a hot car? The show said that we need to call the cops, but you cannot break the window. Dogs in cars are much more prevalent than baby’s locked in my car in my opinion, but I feel that both should be rescued just the same! People think that if they crack the window, a dog will be fine in the car. But the inside of a car can reach temperatures over 110 degrees in the summer very quickly. Why shouldn’t we do everything we can to rescue the dog as we rescue a baby?
Check out the following sites for more information on the campaign to reduce death by cars and how this can be treated as animal cruelty if a dog does die from heat stress.
http://www.mydogiscool.com/ – Campaign to reduce dogs being left in cars and risking medical emergencies or death.
http://www.pet-abuse.com/cases/16513/DC/US/ – Man charged with Animal Cruelty for leaving dogs in a hot car where his Chihuahua died of heat stress and the Beagle was treated and released.
What are your thoughts on this topic? Have you been in this situation and didn’t know what to do….or did you do something? Please tell your story below!