Leave it to Ricky Gervais to tell it exactly how it is! The comic, producer and long-time animal advocate is not shy about speaking up for those who can’t speak for themselves and with over four million Facebook fans and 12 million Twitter followers, Gervais never stops using his social media power for good. He’s known for posting poignant messages on Facebook about trophy hunting, the atrocities of the fur industry, and the absurdity of bullfighting. If that wasn’t enough, Ricky recently donated $45,000 to charities helping both those suffering from cancer and animals in need.
And now, Ricky Gervais isn’t mincing words when it comes to leaving dogs in cars this summer.
Ricky got straight to the point: don’t leave your dog in the car because they can die within minutes. The Facebook post already has 6,300 shares, with the identical tweet having over 6,200 retweets and counting! Ah, this is exactly why we love you, Ricky….
Leaving an animal along in a hot car — even for a few minutes, even if the car is in the shade and the windows are cracked — is like leaving a human baby alone in a hot car. A few minutes in there can kill an animal. According to PETA, on a 78 degree Fahrenheit day, a car can easily reach the temperature of 100-102 degrees Fahrenheit in a matter of minutes. If external temperatures reach up 90 degrees Fahrenheit, it can get up to 160 degrees Fahrenheit inside of a car, making it a death trap.
Unfortunately, urging people to not leave their dog in the car is still something that dog lovers must do. Just recently, a man was arrested for leaving a dog in a hot car and then asked the police to roll down the window because he was hot. We bet Ricky would have something witty to say about that story!
If you happen to see an unattended animal in a vehicle this summer, please try to locate their guardian and if they cannot be found, please call 911. After calling the authorities, wait by the car until help arrives. “If you see something, say something” is always a good go-to when you spot an animal in a car!
Image source: Ricky Gervais/Facebook