It’s still the summer, and it’s important to remain vigilant about the threat of hot car deaths.
It is a sadly common problem: people leave their pets alone in their vehicles, not realizing that even a few minutes alone in high temperatures can cause them to suffer from heat stroke.
The incident happened late July in Riverside County, California. A passerby heard a dog helping in distress from a vehicle.
They realized the dog was locked inside a hot car… while it was 99 degrees outside. That means it was much hotter inside the car (about 131 degrees), and the dog was suffering greatly.
Luckily police were called in time, and the dog, named Boomer, was rescued and immediately placed in an air-conditioned vehicle to cool down.
The dog’s owner was then found and arrested for animal cruelty. Boomer was brought to Ramona Humane Society to be cared for.
It’s a miracle that Boomer was saved in time, but it’s easy to imagine how things could’ve gone tragically wrong. The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department shared the story as an urgent warning.
“As a reminder, NEVER leave children or pets alone in a vehicle for even a moment,” they wrote. “Exposure to such high temperatures can quickly kill a person or pet. A body temperature of just 107°F may cause brain damage or death from heatstroke.”
“Pets, horses, and livestock are also susceptible to difficulties from hot weather. Animals do not perspire and rely on panting, wetting down, shade, cool earth, and drinking water for cooling. Animals cannot explain their needs, so it is up to people to ensures that their needs are met, especially during periods of extreme or prolonged heat.”
We’re so glad Boomer was saved in time, but hot car deaths remain a real threat to pets! Remember to stay vigilant during this hot weather!
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