Hot cars are no place for your pet

April 12, 2018

In Kerr County, it’s no secret that it can get very hot here. As spring continues into summer and the community starts enjoying more of the outdoors, it’s not uncommon for people to take their pets out and about with them.

Pet owner’s need to remember how dangerous it is to leave their animals in a parked car when they are making that quick trip in the store. It can get extremely hot in the car and can cause your pet to experience heat exhaustion and sometimes die in the heat produced from the inside of a vehicle.

If you ever see that a pet owner has left their animal in the a car that isn’t running with it’s air conditioner on, it is imperative that the individual call for help. You can call the police or an animal service to help rescue the pet. You can also attempt to go in the store to have the employees help find the pet owner.

This video shows Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward staying in a parked car on a summer day to see how dangerous it is to leave a pet inside a car. The car reaches 117 degrees within 30 minutes with all four windows opened 1 to 2 inches.

It’s also ill-advised because dogs can be stolen from your vehicle. Criminals will break windows to steal your pet and often times will sell them.

To be safe, always remember to avoid leaving your pet in a parked car, even if it is just for a short time.