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Red Rover, a national non-profit animal protection organization, have warned car owners in U.S. with pets to leave their four-legged loves ones at home while heading out to do errands.
A number of people across the U.S. have been charged with animal cruelty for leaving their dogs in hot cars, causing the pets severe distress and even death. Red Rover, in an official media briefing, said pets left in an enclosed car can heat up to dangerous temperatures very quickly, even though when the outside temperature is mild. Even shorter trips could lead to deadly outcomes.
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"People often leave their dogs in the car while they shop or run errands, but doing so can literally be a death sentence for your pet," Nicole Forsyth, President and CEO of Red Rover said. "You might think you will be gone for 'just a minute,' but every second counts for a dog left in a hot car. If it's hot outside, leave your dog at home."
In a June incident in Washington, an owner was charged with first degree of animal cruelty after his dog, Nexus, died locked inside his truck outside Nolte State Park. When the veterinarians tested the body temperature, it had shown that the body temperature was rose to 108 degrees for being locked inside the car. And it was also believed that the two-year-old Golden Retriever's body must have suffered while being trapped in its owner's vehicle.
"People are under the misconception that dogs are tougher than humans are, that they can handle the heat. But the reality is, they are more susceptible to high temperatures and depend on us to keep them safe," Forsyth said.