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Letter: Please don’t leave your pets in your vehicle — they could die in the heat

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Posted: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 12:00 am

I believe someone has already written to the editor on this subject this year. I feel it is important enough to relate my experience at approximately 10:30 a.m. on June 9. It was already hot, on a day when the temperature in Lodi would reach 104 degrees.

After walking Animal Friends Connections’ homeless (dogs kept at a local boarding kennel), I decided to stop at the drug store to print a photo of Mason, our latest owner-surrendered dog.

When I parked, I heard dogs barking and saw a vehicle with two dachshunds inside. It was parked in the sun and the windows were cracked. Concerned, I went into the drug store intending to have the owner paged. As I entered I saw a lady leaving. I asked her if the car was hers. She said it was. I breathed a sigh of relief and said I was concerned about the dachshunds. She said dismissively that people were always telling her that, and she was a dog owner and knew about dogs.

I was stunned at the cavalier attitude. On an 85-degree day, the interior of a car in the sun with the windows cracked can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes.

So once again I will get up on my soap box and say sometimes you have to use “tough love.” Of course your dogs want to come with you, but you are the one with the greater intelligence. Just say no. Your dog will not like burning his feet on the sidewalks and pavement with no water at a crowded Street Faire. It will really not love getting up into the hot bed of your pickup. It will not like being locked in a hot vehicle. Even in the shade, with the windows cracked, the residual heat your vehicle has soaked up in the sun will heat the inside of your vehicle. This could kill your dog. Would you leave a carton of ice cream on the seat while you shopped?

Check Facebook for an experiment performed by Channel 10 on June 9 in a hot car.

Barbara Bagley

Volunteer

Animal Friends Connection

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