Most people are aware that, every year, children die after being left inside cars in hot weather. Fewer know that countless dogs die similar, terrible deaths, because such incidents are rarely reported to authorities.
The combination of warm weather and a closed car can literally be a killer for dogs. Even leaving a dog for "just a minute" to run an errand can lead to tragic consequences. Every year, dogs suffer and die after being left inside cars during the summertime heat. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable.
Read our latest press releases on the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars and tips for protecting animals from summer threats.
Dog in hot car reports
Our archive of news reports from 2005 to 2011 represents a fraction of the hundreds, even thousands, of instances of dogs left in parked cars each year. Read now
At least 14 states and many municipalities have laws that specifically address the problem of animals left in cars in extreme temperatures. These laws often authorize law enforcement officials to enter a vehicle and remove the animal. Even states without these provisions may consider leaving an animal in an enclosed car to be animal cruelty.
On Monday, April 8, 2013 North Carolina State House Rep. Pricey Harrison introduced House Bill 612, which would make North Carolina the 15th state to explictly outlaw leaving a dog in a hot car and enable authorities to rescue the pet. RedRover will keep supporters informed about opportunities to support this bill. Read more:
- WRAL, April 8, 2013: House bill would allow rescue of pets in hot cars
- North Carolina Voters for Animal Welfare
"My Dog is Cool" is designed to educate people about the dangers hot weather poses to dogs. The campaign will spread the word to the public, shopping malls, police departments and animal control departments nationwide. It is a campaign of RedRover, a national nonprofit animal protection organization.
For more information or to arrange an interview, contact RedRover's Communications Manager, Leili Khalessi, at 916.429.2457 ext. 314 or firstname.lastname@example.org.