Apparently not so simple for some people. Dogster reports today:
On June 29, Angela Kleinfeld was arrested after her dog died in her hot car in Pleasant Hill, California. Outside temperatures were more that 100 degrees. Police broke into the car and took the dog to the vet, but they were too late.
A day later, police rescued a cat and dog from a hot car in St. Helena, California, as the owner was off wine tasting. It was 94 degrees “in the shade,” said St. Helena Sgt. Scott Fleming. “On concrete, in a car half in the sun, it was much hotter than that. It was an oven in there.”
A day later, police charged a New Hampshire woman with cruelty to animals after allegedly finding her dog in a hot car in the Short Sands Beach parking lot in Maine. The dog was “panting and looking distressed.” The owner arrived and was “rude,” and said she didn’t leave water in the car because the dog spills it.
Is it really possible some people just don’t get it?
A study from Stanford University shows that even on comparatively cool days, such as 72 degrees, a car’s internal temperature will rocket to 116 degrees within 60 minutes. And keeping the windows open a crack hardly slows the rise at all.
Surely we all know this. But people will still ‘run into the store for a minute’ and leave their dog to die. Really really dumb people like Angela Kleinfeld, the woman whose dog died, above, in a car in California.
If you see a parked car with a dog in it on a hot day
Don’t hesitate, say law enforcement officials. Call 911 right away. Do the right thing and intervene to save a life.