It’s that time of year again, when you make sure the air conditioning is working in your car and maybe even consider installing an automatic car starter—if you don’t already have one—to cool down the interior before you get in, because you just know, “it’s going to be an oven in there.”
With the heat comes the annual warnings about leaving pets in your car.
Not heeding these warnings can lead to tragic consequences, yet we continue to see parked vehicles with furry friends cooped up inside—usually a dog.
Sure, most people leave their windows down a crack to allow for air circulation, but studies have shown that doing so doesn’t help much to prevent dangerously high temperatures in an enclosed space.
Dogs play an important role in people’s lives. “Man’s best friend” is a commonly-accepted moniker for a reason, after all.
Many take their dog everywhere, as they would young children or other people who can’t be left unaccompanied at home.
Some see their dog as a member of the family too important to leave alone at home.
But for whatever reason, some people still feel it’s acceptable to put that “friend” in a dangerous situation that could leave them with heat stroke in a matter of minutes, or worse, kill them.