In recent times, there has been an increase in awareness raised regarding keeping pets in cars during hot days. Thanks to the work of human rights activists, people now know that leaving your pet in the car even for a quick stop at the grocery shop can be dangerous.
Especially in summer, but sometimes even on sunny fall and spring days, the temperature inside cars can reach insane heights. There are many accounts of dogs dying because of the unbearable conditions inside scorching cars. An older case, that was even filmed, shows the risks associated with this practice. In 2017 in Ontario, two SPCA officers took a call about a French Bulldog who had been left in a locked car during a hot day.
When they got there, they figured that inside the car the temperature reached 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). That was very problematic, as temperatures over 32 degrees Celsius (90 degrees Fahrenheit) can be life-threatening to dogs. The risk is even higher for brachycephalic breeds such as bulldogs and boxers.
In the video, the dog is clearly uncomfortable because of the heat. The poor Frenchie was trying to hide in the darkest, coolest corner he could find. As protocol requires, the officers broke the passenger window to be able to unlock the door. In the end, the dog was safe. But other dogs are not as lucky. Because of that, the SPCA launched #NoHotPets to raise awareness.
Remember, extreme temperatures can be harmful to pets. And, if you ever see a dog locked in a car, report the case so that the animal can be saved by authorities.
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