Puppies in the Car – How Hot Is Too Hot?
There are so many times that I think to write about something and then think "everyone already knows that," and I go on to the next thing. I know you're not going to believe this when I tell you and please don't tell my husband, but many times I'm wrong. During the summer is when we are out and about more than usual and we had an issue just last week where a dog was left in a car at one of our live radio station events. I was so proud that our staff did the right thing and found the owner who opened the windows and turned on the air conditioner.
The video below was really, really hard for me to watch. This was taken just days ago. A couple in Florida left a tiny puppy in their car, cracked the windows open a bit and went shopping for over an hour. Police were summoned to the scene and rescued the tiny dog. The video is not the best, it's actually a bodycam, but maybe that's a good thing because even though the dog was rescued it is not easy to see. Heatkills.org has some amazing charts on their website that show exactly how hot it gets.
At 70 degrees on a sunny day, after a half hour, the temperature inside a car is 104 degrees. After an hour, it can reach 113 degrees.” “When temperatures outside range from 80 degrees to 100 degrees, the temperature inside a car parked in direct sunlight can quickly climb to between 130 to 172.
PLEASE don't leave any living thing in a car!