To the editor:
Every year, dogs die after being locked inside cars while their owners shop or run other errands. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable.
Dog owners need to know the facts: Hot cars are death traps for dogs. When it is 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 116 degrees within an hour, even with windows cracked. When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can climb to 102 degrees in 10 minutes and to 120 degrees in 30 minutes.
A dog’s normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees. Dogs can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a short time before they experience brain and nerve damage, heart problems and even death.
If you see a dog in a potentially dangerous situation in a hot car, please call the police department, animal control or humane society.
It’s not cool to leave a dog in a hot car.