We often publish articles with the dangers of locking animals inside vehicles in the warmer weather. A 70-degree day can prove unbearable for an animal trapped inside without proper ventilation. Imagine a 90-degree day or worse! Even with the windows cracked open, it is not safe to lock an animal inside. But even with constant warnings, we still see tragic stories like this one.
Officers from Inland Valley Humane Society & SPCA and Ontario police found two dogs and a cat locked inside a vehicle on a scorching day. The officers broke the car windows and pulled the animals out to safety but sadly, one dog didn’t make it.
It’s not exactly known how long the animals were trapped inside. But even a few minutes is too long! The animals’ owner, Jennifer Arriaga, has been arrested and faces felony animal cruelty charges.
This unwarranted criminal act has many people up in arms. How many times are warnings issued about leaving children and pets inside hot vehicles? What will it take for this to stop?
As you can see in the image above, a 70-degree day is still TOO HOT for animals to be kept inside vehicles. The inside of the car can climb to 89 degrees in just 10 minutes; in 30 minutes it can reach a raging 104 degrees.
Animals cannot sweat like we can, their continued panting will not cool them off adequately. Even so, it is still unbearable to be kept in such temperatures!
The surviving dog and cat are being treated at Inland Valley Humane Society. They will likely make a full recovery.
Remember, this is a nation-wide problem, despite continued warnings. If you see an animal locked inside a vehicle, call the authorities immediately! Your quick thinking can save a life!