Jessie Gorley: Don’t leave dogs in cars


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.

Jessie Gorley



Colette Erickson 3 years, 11 months ago

Well said. PLEASE, everyone, leave your pets at home where it is safe and cool. I can only reiterate, if you see a pet in a car, PLEASE come to its aid by IMMEDIATELY calling for police assistance. You can save a life.


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