Every summer, the issue of motorists leaving their pets in cars with little to no ventilation during the summer resurfaces. Although this may not be a huge issue for the pets of drivers (since the trucks will more than likely be left idling in this situation), that doesn’t mean that drivers are completely unaffected by the issue. With the number of fuel, restroom, and food stops – and walks through parking lots a truck driver makes in a day, a unique opportunity is provided to be a bit of an advocate to pets in distress. Don’t get us wrong, we’re not suggesting that you waste time and miles to become a pet safety vigilante. – But if you were to come across a situation where you notice a legitimately neglectful situation, or see a pet in serious trouble, you’ll know what to do!
Here are the facts:
- On an 82°F day, the temperature inside a closed car can reach up to 109°F.
- Those who irresponsibly leave animals in cars face animal cruelty or misdemeanor charges in some states.
- Heat Stroke Symptoms In Pets Include:
- Body Temperatures of 104°F-110°F.
- Excessive Panting
- Bright Red Tongue
- Sticky | Dry Tongue
- Staggering | Stupor
What you can do:
- Find the pet’s owner & alert them of the situation.
- Talk to the manager of the establishment. Many will call over the intercom, or find the owner – no manager wants an avoidable incident in their parking lot.
- Call the local police department or humane authorities. – Remember to provide a license plate number and a description of the vehicle.
*Do NOT attempt to break out the window of the vehicle unless the owner is nowhere to be found, authorities have been notified, and you have a witness or two that are all in agreement of this being the only solution. Otherwise you could potentially face charges involving distraction of property, vandalism, or trespassing – if authorities deem to situation to be less severe than you thought it was.