Heat is on the way, and if you live in an area that already experiences warm weather, then it’s only going to be getting hotter.
While hot weather can be great, your dog might not respond to the heat the same way you do.
One big issue that people are concerned about this summer is dog safety in the heat, particularly for dogs left in cars that have the windows up and doors locked. This is proven to be dangerous for humans, but people continue to subject their dogs to unbearably hot and stuffy air.
As an owner of a dog, you should already know that your pet needs fresh air just like any person does. It also isn’t a bad idea to leave some water in the car for your dog, especially if you plan on leaving them in the car for an extended period of time.
But not all dog owners are that considerate. Here’s what to do if you see a dog locked in a car in the middle of a hot day.
Call The Police
Yes, you can call the police if you see a dog trapped in a hot car. In Nevada, it’s actually illegal to leave an animal locked inside a hot car unattended. This is because the weather can make the inside of cars incredibly hot, and emergencies can arise in a matter of minutes.
Couple this with that fact that many dogs have fur coats. There’s a reason it’s illegal.
If you see a dog locked in a car, be sure to call 911 or animal control.
Don’t Take Matters Into Your Own Hands
As hard as it can be, you aren’t allowed to take matters into your own hands if you see a dog locked in a car.
Recently, there have been posts getting shared around social media that say you have the power to rescue the dog on your own. These posts will say that if you take a picture to prove the hot temperature, you’re allowed to break a window to give the dog air to breathe.
These posts are FALSE. Any damage you do to a car is still going to be charged as a criminal act. However, the authorities are allowed to break a window to save animals from unbearable conditions. If the temperature is too hot for animals to handle, the police or animal control will break a car window to help the dog breathe.
Be Aware Of Pets
Dogs can’t communicate if they’re uncomfortable in the heat. While it’s obvious that locking a dog in a hot car is bad, there are other precautions you should take to make sure your dog is staying cool in the summer.
If your pet has a long coat, you should consider getting it trimmed. This will help your dog’s skin breathe, helping them cool off if they get too hot.
Also, make sure that your dog is drinking enough water. Everybody needs more water in hotter weather, but your dog can’t serve itself.
Summer is a beautiful time, but you need to remember to keep your pup safe!