How Many Dogs Have to Die?

I don’t understand how this is a hard concept. You don’t leave dogs in parked cars. Never. Or at least not in the summertime. I know I rant about this every summer, but apparently people still don’t realize that hot cars can kill a dog very quickly. On an 80-degree day, especially if it’s humid, your car interior can heat up to over 100 degrees in a matter of minutes.

The CBS affiliate in Boston is reporting that a Pit Bull was found inside a parked pickup truck near Jamaica Pond at 3:00 in the afternoon Tuesday. He died soon after he was discovered. The dog’s body temperature was 109.7, or possibly higher. The thermometer topped out at that temperature, so they have no way of knowing the temperature for sure. Police estimate the dog had been inside the vehicle for at least two-and-a-half hours.

Massachusetts is one of the states that protects people who break into cars to rescue dogs, but apparently either no one saw or no one cared.

Lt. Alan Borgal of the Animal Rescue League of Boston confirms that charges are being considered for the dog’s owners as this type of abuse is a felony in the state.

Please, people, your dog does not need to run errands with you, no matter what those big brown eyes tell you. Unless you are able to take your dog inside every place you will be, your dog will be better off at home than waiting for you in the car.

As a former boss used to say: read and heed.

Until next time,
Good day and good dog!

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