People really don't think and they don't KNOW that it's NOT OK to leave a dog in the car. Not even for a few minutes.
I saw 2 dogs in a car, with the windows cracked a little, in a parking lot, no shade, 100% humidity. They seemed to be getting a little frantic, but people were just walking by and not really thinking anything about it.. because the windows were cracked I guess?! I talked to the store manager who announced that the dogs were welcome in the store, and gave the license plate out. I watched the owners go and get the dogs out of the car and bring them into the air conditioned store.. hopefully they won't ever do it again.
And another dog in a car with the windows cracked, the owners would have left her there for over an hour if I hadn't talked to them and told them it was ok to bring the dog into the facility on a leash, for the time that they were there with their daughter. At first they seemed upset with me, however, everyone loved on the puppy and there were two other dogs there who loved meeting the pup.
I'm glad I said something in both cases, because:
When the outside temperature is 70 degrees, a car can heat up to 89 degrees in just 10 minutes, and to 104 in 30 minutes. At 80 degrees outside, you’re looking at 99 degrees inside a vehicle in 10 minutes and 114 in 30 minutes. At 95 degrees, it only takes 10 minutes to reach 114 degrees and the temperature soars to 129 degrees in 30 minutes.
Remember, dogs don't 'sweat' like we do, they only sweat between the pads on their paws, and a tiny bit on the top of their nose. So, to cool themselves, they pant. And the more they pant, the more agitated they get, which then causes them to heat up EVEN MORE.
I truly believe that the owners in these situations THOUGHT that leaving their dogs in the car would cause no harm.
We must do better, and always speak up when we see something that isn't right. I wasn't rude in either case, and quite possibly prevented heartache for these owners.
If you want to know what to do when you see a dog locked in a car, even in what's considered 'cool enough' temps, click HERE for info
My husband and I love to take our dog Rosie for a drive, however, when it's very hot, we keep them short and if we have to stop for something, one of us ALWAYS stays in the car with the air conditioner on, and we always have water with us.
We never leave her in the car without one of us in there with her.