Too many stories have been popping up in the news about dogs being left in their owners' cars. I cannot even fathom why these cruel people would even consider doing that. Every time I hear about or read a story where a dog had to be rescued from yet another car, I can't help but feel angry. As a dog-lover myself, I can't imagine my westie Lola ever in the same position.
Should you ever encounter a dog inside a locked vehicle, I urge you to alert security or the parking attendant. If the dog seems to be in immediate distress, call the police (911) and try to give the dog some water if you can. Here are some signs that an animal is distressed:
- Excessive panting
- Excessive drooling
- Increased heart rate
- Trouble breathing
- Collapse or loss of consciousness
- Respiratory arrest
Here are some links to articles for further reading:
- Dogs Die in Hot Cars
- My Dog Is Cool…And Doesn’t Belong in a Hot Car!
- Dog dies in hot car at Vaughan Mills mall parking lot
- Dog left outside in heat at Oshawa home was 10 minutes from death, Humane Society says
- Dog found locked in hot car at Sherway Gardens mall
- Firefighters free dog left in truck in hot weather