MYTH: I always leave my car window cracked open for air or leave the window up but the car locked and running with the air conditioner on for my dog while I run into the corner grocery store and do my shopping so my dog will be fine in the summer heat. This is all I need to do right, to prevent heat stroke in my dog left in my car?

FACT: Sadly, although many people do think of their animals and leave the window cracked open or the car running with the air conditioner on, many animals health and very life are still put on the line. Having a window only open slightly often does not work fully as intended. Also cars do stall when left running or air conditioners do fail. The following comes directly from the Humane Society of the United States. Please pass this on to your family and friends. Even owners of dogs and other animals you see left in a vehicle on hot summer days.

H.S.U.S. REPORT: We have all seen dogs and other companion animals who are left inside cars outside of stores while their well-meaning guardians, "RUN IN FOR ONLY A FEW MINUTES." What these otherwise caring people don’t realize is that on a hot and humid day, the temperature inside a car rises very quickly. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car WITH THE WINDOWS OPENED SLIGHTLY can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. On warmer days, it will get even hotter. Every year pets left in this situation suffer irreversible brain damage or death.

I don’t think there is a single one of us who has not at some time or another, gotten into our vehicle after it has been sitting in the sun and felt the terrible heat trapped inside. Quickly opening windows or getting the air conditioner going so we can stand to be in it. Now think of the poor animal left in such heat with no way out.

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