In south Louisiana, the heat wave is on. As the mercury soars, the danger is not just to people -- heat kills pets too. While it should be common knowledge that you mustn't leave your dog (or other pet) in a car while you're away, lots of people do it. What's the big deal, you may ask? How hot does it really get? Doesn't "cracking the windows" make it okay? The answers: pets really do die this way, it's easy to get over a hundred degrees, and opening the windows doesn't solve the problem. Veterinarian Dr. Ernie Ward stays in a parked car on a summer day to see how dangerous it is to leave a pet inside a car. The car reaches 117 degrees within 30 minutes with all four windows opened 1 to 2 inches.
If you see an animal locked in a hot car, have the car’s owner paged in local stores. If this doesn't work quickly, contact Animal Control or call 911 immediately. Remember: it is illegal to leave an animal in an unattended motor vehicle under “circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal.”