What to do if you see a pet in a hot car

Posted June 26

It happens every summer. Pets left in vehicles with no owner in sight.

Unfortunately, it doesn’t take long for this circumstance to be dangerous or even deadly. Even on a temperate day, the greenhouse effect of rolled-up windows can heat up a car to 116 degrees F within an hour, according to the Humane Society.

If you see a pet in a hot car, act quickly to try to locate the owner. He or she is likely in a nearby establishment. Talk to the proprietors of nearby stores and ask them to make an announcement to customers.

Then, call the non-emergency number of your local police department or animal control. Stay on site until help arrives.

While most pet owners have the best intentions, many are unaware of the danger of leaving a pet in a hot car. You can help spread the word. Free online resources, available at, offer tips, advice and important information on keeping pets safe.

This summer, be a hero to a pet in need.

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  • Justa Mann Jun 26, 3:10 p.m.
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    Bull. Call 911 first then try to locate the owner.