When I see a dog left in a car in the summertime, I get immediately angry. But I also get worried. What if I do nothing and that dog dies? What if I do something and it’s the wrong thing? Will I get into trouble for what I do? Ultimately, the animal’s (usually dog’s) well being takes precedence!
Pets in hot cars can suffer organ damage or even death. In 80 degree weather, a car can reach 99 degrees in just 10 minutes! (see chart below) Though it will take time that you had not anticipated needing, taking the following steps can save a pet’s life!
“A person shall be immune from civil liability for any damage resulting from the forcible entry of a motor vehicle for the purpose of removing an animal from the vehicle if the person does all of the following:”
PLEASE BE AWARE AS YOU PROCEED, A SCARED DOG CAN BITE.
Dogs don’t sweat. Rather they pant to cool their bodies. Pay attention to the speed of their panting as an indication of when they are beginning to cool off. They must cool off slowly.
For further information
PetHelpful: What to Do If You See a Dog in a Hot Car
For information on legal issues around rescue (including individual state statutes)
Michigan State University College of Law: Table of State Laws that Protect Animals Left in Parked Vehicles