OSWEGO – We have written about this issue many times in the past, but it never hurts to say it again.
It’s getting into the dog days of summer (finally, but that’s another story).
We assume our readers would never leave their dog(s) in a car because they are aware of the dangers of overheating and death.
They know that cracking the windows does not prevent deadly heat buildup inside a car and that even on a relatively mild 70 degree day, the inside of a car will quickly reach 90 degrees or hotter.
Dogs die every summer – actually children die, too.
It is inexcusable and infuriating and tragic.
Do you know what to do if you see someone else’s dog alone in a car on a hot day?
Leaving an animal in a car on a hot day is a form of animal cruelty in New York and the police have the authority to break into the car to save the animal.
Then, if the car is near a store or public building find the manager and request an emergency public service announcement about the dog in the car.
Dog lovers are everywhere and many store owners are happy to do that.
Stay near the car until the owner or a policeman arrives.
You can download a useful infographic about the dangers of hot cars for animals at www.aspca.org.
Go to the news page and just search for cars to find it.
Feel free to make copies to give to people.
It is amazing how many people do not know of this danger, -not just to animals but to children, too!
Are you sticking you nose in other people’s business?
Minutes count in this situation and we need every animal lover to be vigilant about this very real danger.
Together, we can save some dogs (and maybe even someone’s child).
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.
Located at 29 W. Seneca St., Oswego, NY.
Email: [email protected]
Because People and Pets Are Good for Each Other.