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  • What to do when you spot a pet in a hot car

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    8 posts, 6 voices, 1167 views, started Jul 30, 2011

    Posted on Saturday, July 30, 2011 by Frannie1964




    • Rayne Nolte was in the parking lot of a Mankato, Minnesota, mall last week when she spotted Roxie, a Yorkie mix, trapped in a car. The temperature was 88 degrees with a heat index of 103, and the car’s owner was gone.

      You may have found yourself in Rayne's situation before. Many pet parents believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool in the car while they make a quick pit stop—but they couldn't be more wrong. “Automobile temperatures can very quickly rise to dangerous levels; the average temperature increase in a parked car is 40 degrees, and the majority of this increase occurs in the first 15 to 30 minutes,” says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal Hospital. When it's 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering 114 degrees after 30 minutes!

      Worse still, dogs can't cool themselves down as easily as people, and once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die. Luckily, Rayne made all the right moves. Follow her lead by taking these simple steps.

      Step 1: Try to Locate the Pet Parent
      Roxie's people were nowhere in sight, so Rayne called mall security, who tried to find Roxie's family through the loudspeaker. (You can ask most stores to do this.)

      Step 2: Educate
      Rayne couldn't find Roxie's pet parents, but if you do, explain the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car. Make sure the pet gets out of the car as soon as possible.

      Step 3: Call 911
      Fourteen states have enacted specific laws that protect dogs in hot cars, as have many municipalities—but even in places lacking such a law, leaving an animal in a hot car may constitute cruelty.  

      Rayne and the mall security officers dialed 911. When the police pulled Roxie from the steamy vehicle, she was very ill but soon on the road to recovery.

      Step 4: Pat Yourself on the Back
      Pets are counting on people like you to save their lives. Rayne rescued Roxie just in time, and she made a full recovery! And according to the Mankato Free Press, the pet-sitter who left Roxie in the car was charged with a petty misdemeanor.

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          Frannie1964 wrote Jul 30, 2011
        • well I was trying to put a link on here, but I don’t know how.



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          Frannie1964 wrote Jul 30, 2011
        • The 14 states are:

          AZ
          CA
          IL
          ME
          MD
          MN
          NV
          NHNJ
          NY
          ND
          SD
          VT
          WV



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          Linda L wrote Jul 30, 2011
        • Frannie, thank you for posting valuable information. Rayne is a hero for her deep concern for pets and taking the  steps to rescue Roxy.



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          Mztracy wrote Jul 30, 2011
        • where we live it gets so flippen hot here. There were a couple times I went into the store and had them loudspeaker the owner of the car to go and check their pet. Then I waited to ‘speak’ with them when they came to their car...



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          Msj wrote Jul 30, 2011
        • I would call the police and animal control, I believe they can ticket these ppl too.



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          Cynthia Schmidt wrote Jul 30, 2011
        • If I couldn’t find anyone to help I‘l break the damb window and deal with the repercussions later. Some people are just too stupid to be pet owners!

          When I was visiting my mom in June we saw on the news about a woman who left a 1 year old golden retreiver in a car. By the time help arrived it was too late to save it. I wanted to beat the crap out of that woman I was so mad!!



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          Frannie1964 wrote Jul 30, 2011
        • OMG! I know what you mean! It makes me so mad when I see someone leave their pet in the car while they are in the store shopping or even at a Restaurant. Granted the window is left partially open but why do you bother taking your pet with you if your going to leave him/her in the car? They would be better off at home.  

          I’m with you Cynthia, If I couldn’t find the owner, I would end up breaking the window and pay for it later which I shouldn’t have to pay because after all I did save their fur baby..right? eeesh!worried

          Tracy..I wish I was there to hear you speak to them.



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