Even with a car window cracked in the heat of the summer a pet can die quickly from heat stroke.
People might get upset over someone making a fuss about a dog in a car but it could save a life.
In this video supplied by the Helen Woodward Animal Center you can see just how fast the temperature rises–and how fast a pet can die.
Now there are a lot of people who don’t think about confinement as a death sentence but if the animal cannot cool itself–it often means certain death.
Dogs do not sweat and instead cool themselves off through panting or licking their paws and so heat stroke is a big problem.
One of my subscribers (Debbie) sent in a request asking I cover the problem of summer heat after the news from South Carolina when a dog died after being left out in a metal crate to cook in the sun.
This act of cruelty might only result in a fine of $500 or 30 days in jail–but get this, the judge did not authorize that the man responsible be taken into custody immediately and the court appearance date is scheduled for July 23, 2010.
Animal Control officers appeared before a Florence city Judge to get an arrest warrant for Bell. The judge denied the arrest warrant, but did issue a courtesy summons. Bell was served with the courtesy summons July 6.
Excuse me, a courtesy summons?
If you want to express your outrage on the South Carolina dog incident you can visit the Care2 Petition Site.
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