I was at local bluegrass music festival this weekend and was walking through the parking lot and there was a poor dachshund howling in Ford Expedition. I believe they may have been there as exhibitors being they had Alaska license plates and I am in Missouri. They had the windows cracked about 6 inches but it was still 90 degrees outside, even with the windows cracked it was still way too hot. Anyway, I went up to the central info booth to ask if they could announce something about it and for who ever owned the vehicle to go please take their dog out. They seemed to know who it was when i told them it had Alaska plates and got right on it. I just felt sorry for the poor pup. I am just glad I noticed and said something or theres no telling if the poor thing would have made it through much longer. Other people were just walking on by. I really dont think they were just there for a few minutes either from the looks of the situation. I had the windows cracked on my car and got hit with a blast of steaming hot air when I opened the door. Just thought I would get that frustration out, I couldnt imagine leaving my babies in the car for any length of time right now. I just dont take them to town, PERIOD right now just because its too hot, even if I took them in with me the hot pavement is too hard on them.
Then there were people there walking around with a GSD and I could tell the dog was miserable. The owners were just standing around in the hot sun on the pavement yacking away forever and the dog was kind of acting silly and whinning alot but I think he was just too warm and uncomfortable. I really felt like an animal activist the whole time I was there. I hate to sound like one but some people just make you mad when they dont seem to be taking their pets health serious enough. I would have loved to take some of my crew, they like to show off but not at the expense of thier well being.
How sad! My general rule is: If I don't at least need a hoodie outside, it's too hot for the dog inside the car. On my recent trip to Louisiana, I ate drive through junk the entire way b/c there was no way I was leaving my baby in the car for even a second.
That is terrible. I am also from Missouri so I know what you mean about the heat. Your right, when you open your car door you get hit in the face with the hot air in the car. How stupid can some people be to leave their animal in the car?????
Those people have the same mentality as the idiots that leave their children strapped in their car seats while they go inside to shop, or how about that lady from lower Michigan that left her child strapped in the car while she had her hair done. The child was dead, since the hair appointment lasted over an hour. IDIOT. It's sad that people with that few brain cells are allowed to reproduce. Grrr.
Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about the things that matter.
The only thing I can think was that since they are from Alaska, warm weather is extremely unusual even during summer. I'm pretty sure that it barely even gets up into the 70s in Alaska during summertime, I know they consider it 'swimming weather' anytime the temp is above 60. Heck right now, at this very moment as I'm posting, it's 46 degrees in Anchorage, AK, and the forecast High for today is 56. Not exactly weather where a dog would be at risk for being left in the car.
Anyway my point is, it's not like news and TV stations are constantly giving Alaskans warnings about keeping their pets in the car while they're inside buildings the way we get here in Alabama. As they are probably unfamiliar with the climate down here, it's possible they had no idea how dangerous it was for them to leave their dog outside, or how quickly the car would heat up, even with the windows partially open.
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Minnyar I was kind of thinking the same thing so I gave them the benefit of a doubt they just didnt have the awareness that the rest of us in the continental US do. But hopefully they know now and will change their habits after this.
A Naples, Florida, man was convicted of cruelty when his dog died after being locked in a car for four hours on a warm day. The dead dog’s temperature was still almost 110ºF a full two hours after police removed him from the car. The man was sentenced to six months in jail and slapped with a $1,000 fine for “animal cruelty by abandonment.”