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TIPS: What should you do if you see a dog in a hot car?

6.11.2020

Leaving dogs in a car is a serious form of animal cruelty. 

In a matter of a few minutes, the sun's rays can quickly turn the vehicle into a death trap. Parking in the shade is also not an option! You wouldn’t leave your child alone in a car, so why leave your dog?

So what should you do if you see a dog in a hot car?

  • Search for the driver, ask in nearby shops, ask people nearby, ask the car guard or security in the area.
  • Call the local SPCA and law enforcement immediately so that they can assist in assessing the situation, the condition of the animal, and can take further steps in helping the animal within the parameters of the law.
  • Take a video/photos where you include the position of the car, a temperature reading if possible, any witnesses (car guards or security), the dog through the window, the number plate and the license disc.
  • If the dog is salivating, looks about to collapse, vomiting or having seizures then move quickly, you might not have a lot of time left .
  • If you do get the dog out of the hot car, make sure the dog is kept in an upright standing position to allow cool air to flow under its stomach area and pour cool water over the dog's body. A dog with signs of heatstroke (like mentioned in 4️.) should get to a vet immediately.

We can all #LiveKinder. Let’s be kinder in what we eat, kinder in what we do and kinder in how we treat animals and the planet...