The dog days of summer have officially arrived and it's important to think about what those high temperatures mean for your furry friends - especially dogs left in hot cars. Every year, countless dogs suffer from heatstroke, brain damage or death after being locked inside a car, even for a short amount of time. A vehicle acts like a greenhouse, trapping the sun’s heat and raising temperatures quickly. In fact, temperatures inside a vehicle on an 85 degree day—with the windows slightly open—can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes. After 20 minutes, even when parked in a shady area, temperatures inside a car can soar to a scorching 120 degrees.
Aside from the health risks, leaving your dog in a hot car is against the law. Ordinance states, “No person shall confine any animal within a parked, enclosed vehicle if the external ambient temperature is 80 degrees Fahrenheit or greater.”
Here's what you should do if you see a dog left in a hot car.
1. Try to locate and talk to the owner
2. Call Animal Protection and Control at 970-226-3647 x7
3. Get the license plate number
4. Be prepared to give description of dogs, car and location
The average response time for Animal Protection and Control for a call like this is 16 minutes, once we arrive we will not leave the scene until the dog is safe.
Let's all have a safe and fun summer! Remember if it's 80 degrees or hotter out it's too hot for a dog to be left in a car, even if it's just for a few minutes.