Post # 1
I don’t like sitting in hot cars. When it is hot and I am in a car I am miserable. I wouldn’t leave my child in a hot car, that would be ridiculous. So why would it be an acceptable consideration for anyone to leave their dog in a car on a hot day?
Today while enjoying my patio lunch I watched a lady park her car in direct sunlight and head to the Starbucks next door with briefcase in hand, business meeting no doubt. A few moments later I saw a black pup poke its head up in the window. It is 90 degrees here in my work town, hot by any standards. I looked at the windows and realized that while in her mind they may have been cracked I could not see any gap between the window seal and the actual glass meaning no air was getting through. My concern set in right about the time three ladies walked by, saw what I had seen and took action. Two of them started looking for the owner and the third made a phone call. Within about 15 minutes the Humane Society showed up, assesed the situation and had the dog out of the car and in his truck. He wrote a note and placed it on the car and drove off.
An hour later (yes, the dog would have been in that hot car for over an hour) the lady came back and saw the note. Now I don’t know about you but I would have reacted in an obvious way had someone removed my dog from my car but she was as cool as a cucumber. She got in her car (turning on the A/C….) and made a phone call while I watched that very same HS agent drive up and park behind her. I then watched as he wrote her a ticket and explained the dangers of leaving a dog in the hot car. He then proceeded to ask the lady to guess how hot the car was inside. The car inside was 119 degrees after only 10 minutes!!!!!!! He handed her the ticket and left and she was now facing potential charges, paying money (not sure how much) and had to go to the shelter to see about getting her dog back.
I am not sure if it was her actions that bothered me so much or how she reacted, like it was no big deal. I just don’t understand people at times!
Post # 3
Wow, I just don’t understand this.
We were at a family reunion at a park last year and noticed that someone left their dog in the car as they went into the pool area. My uncle approached him and asked how long they would be in there because the dog shouldn’t just be sitting in the hot car. The guy brushed him off. After not seeing him return after 10 minutes we called the police (non-emergency but it’s good to know now that we can call the humane society in the future if this happens again). They came and basically searched the pool area until they found this guy and made him take the dog out of the car. I’m not sure if he faced charges or anything but I just don’t understand what he was thinking. He was even approached about it and just blew my uncle off. His family ended up staying at the water park for two hours while he had to stand outside in the park with his dog. Makes me wonder if he would have left the dog in there for two hours.
Post # 4
@MrsBeck: I almost guarantee that he would have left his dog in there the whole time. My co-worker came to work with her dog the other day and was going to leave it in the car. We finally convinced her to bring him inside, we are a dog friendly office.
I just get so frustrated with people!
Post # 5
Human IQ runs a large gamut.
Post # 6
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@Treejewel19: Who does that? Leave your dog at home if you need to run errands or go to a meeting. Poop pup can’t protect himself from his owner’s stupidity and/or selfishness.
Post # 7
This makes me sad): You wouldn’t leave your child in there so how is a dog any different?! Crazy woman. She shouldn’t get her poor dog back.
Post # 8
She was probably so embarased by her behavior she was trying not to be noticed. I can’t imagine what her reacation should have been? I can’t imagine leaving that poor puppy in the car like that. I’m so glad those other three ladies jumped in and made phone calls to rescue that poor puppy.
Post # 9
i honestly think people don’t think. they don’t realize that anmals get hot too. then again, i’ve seen people leave their kids in the car with no windows open. so i’m beginning to wonder whether people even think at all.
i don’t have animals. we never had animals growing up, due to allergies. however, everyone around me had pets. and Fiance and i fully intend on having animals once we settle into our own home (he grew up with dogs and cats). but even i, who has never had pets, know that you don’t leave an animal in a hot car. i don’t even think anmals should be left outside in the heat. then again, i was taught to leave the radio on, and a light as well, when cat or dog sitting. i also always leave ice in water dishes during the summer (i cat sit for my aunt a lot during the summer, she travels a lot for work).
Post # 10
Because some people are stupid and other people are scumbags.
Post # 11
@Treejewel19: I’m always upset when I see people leave their dogs in the car on a hot day. However, sometimes people probably think I’m awful since I usually take my dog with me on hot days. I leave my dog in my car IF I’m going to be back within 5 minutes. In the summertime, I have a battery operated fan & a water bowl in my car plus I leave my windows cracked & park in the shade even if I have to park at the far end of the parkinglot. I went to a restaurant last week just to drop something off (I literally walked in, asked them to give to NAME & walked out). However, someone gave me a dirty look because they probably thought I had eaten there (would have been 30-45mins at least to get food & eat, etc) & left my dog in the car. So sometimes its not as bad as you think. However if I’m going to be in a store for over 5 minutes, I don’t bring my dog. Yes she whines she can’t come, but I’m not going to bake her!
However, that woman doesn’t deserve her dog back! Poor pup 🙁
Post # 12
@canthugallcats: A quick trip is totally understandable, especially if you take the proper precautions with shade and water available. I do try to avoid taking them with me on extremely hot days like today though just for good measure.
@HisIrishPrincess: I don’t know what I expected. Perhaps panic? Confusion? Asking people standing/sitting around what was going on? Who knows maybe I am waaaay off base. Her calm response was just so strange to me.
Post # 13
@Treejewel19: This blows my mind! A few months ago I was unexpectedly locked out of my house with my dogs and I stopped by a starbucks just to pee. I felt SO guilty leaving them in the car for even those 5-10 minutes it took me to use the bathroom, in 60 degree weather. I can’t even fathom what i would have done if it had been hot out!
Post # 14
these people should be stuck in a hot car for hours without the windows cracked. Like 10 hours. Disgusting
Post # 15
🙁 I’m glad that the humane society was called.
Post # 16
I’m glad the poor dog was rescued. Stupid woman!