As you undoubtedly know, every summer dogs die because they are left in cars in the heat – not your dogs, you read this column so you obviously know better.
But it is astounding to us how many people don’t understand that you can’t leave a dog in a car in the summer, even on a not so blindingly hot day, for even a few minutes without a risk of seriously injuring or killing your dog.
Numerous studies have shown that the temperature inside a parked car, even in the shade, even with the windows cracked, can easily rise 20 degrees or more in just ten minutes.
So, if it is already 90 degrees, now we are talking 110 degrees inside your car.
In that kind of heat, dogs, like any other mammal, can suffer heat stroke and die, or be permanently injured.
Actually, cars in the sun heat up very quickly even in more moderate heat and can get to over 100 degrees from an outside temperature in the 70s in less than an hour.
And of course, dogs don’t know how to open the door, so the “owner” is basically leaving his dog in an oven.
If you see a dog left alone in a car in the summer don’t hesitate to call 911.
Confining a companion animal in a car in extreme heat without proper ventilation is a criminal violation under §353-d of the New York Agriculture and Markets Law when it places the animal in imminent danger of death or serious physical injury.
Cracking a window does not constitute proper ventilation.
The statute authorizes law enforcement to take necessary steps to remove the animal from the vehicle, such as breaking a window, (which we would love to see), and it subjects the owner to a fine.
And don’t feel bad for a minute about being a busybody. We need more busybodies on this issue.
On a happier note, now that warm weather is actually here and there does not appear to be any more threat of snow, you can come play with us for a good cause at the 13th Annual Chasing and Fetching Balls (aka Golf) Tournament.
It’s July 22 at Beaver Meadows Country Club in Phoenix.
For details, online registration, or a downloadable mail-in form, go to www.oswegohumane.org
The Oswego County Humane Society provides spay/neuter services and assistance, fostering and adoption of animals in urgent need, humane education programs, and information and referrals to animal lovers throughout Oswego County.
Our office is located at 265 W. First St., Oswego, NY.
Phone (315) 207-1070.
Email: [email protected]
Because people and pets are good for each other!