Rayne Nolte was in the parking lot of a Mankato, Minnesota, mall last
week when she spotted Roxie, a Yorkie mix, trapped in a car. The
temperature was 88 degrees with a heat index of 103, and the car's owner
You may have found yourself in Rayne’s situation before. Many pet
parents believe that cracking a window is enough to keep their dogs cool
in the car while they make a quick pit stop—but they couldn’t be more
wrong. "Automobile temperatures can very quickly rise to dangerous
levels; the average temperature increase in a parked car is 40 degrees,
and the majority of this increase occurs in the first 15 to 30 minutes,"
says Dr. Louise Murray, Vice President of ASPCA Bergh Memorial Animal
Hospital. When it’s 80 degrees outside, your car will be a staggering
114 degrees after 30 minutes!
Worse still, dogs can’t cool themselves down as easily as people, and
once they overheat, they can suffer extensive organ damage or die.
Luckily, Rayne made all the right moves. Follow her lead by taking these
Step 1: Try to Locate the Pet Parent
Roxie’s people were nowhere in sight, so Rayne called mall security, who
tried to find Roxie’s family through the loudspeaker. (You can ask most
stores to do this.)
Step 2: Educate
Rayne couldn’t find Roxie’s pet parents, but if you do, explain the
dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car. Make sure the pet gets out of the
car as soon as possible.
Step 3: Call 911 Fourteen states
have enacted specific laws that protect dogs in hot cars, as have many
municipalities—but even in places lacking such a law, leaving an animal
in a hot car may constitute cruelty.
Rayne and the mall security officers dialed 911. When the police
pulled Roxie from the steamy vehicle, she was very ill but soon on the
road to recovery.
Step 4: Pat Yourself on the Back
Pets are counting on people like you to save their lives. Rayne rescued
Roxie just in time, and she made a full recovery! And according to the Mankato Free Press, the pet-sitter who left Roxie in the car was charged with a petty misdemeanor.
This makes me mad... especially here, on the post. The officer's wives (90% of the cars I see the dogs in) seem to like carrying their little fashion accesories everywhere and then can't take them into the store, so they end up in the car. ... bleh