It’s sad that it has to be repeated whenever the weather gets warm in any country, but it does: please do not leave dogs in hot cars! When a dog is left alone in a hot car, he can suffer brain damage, pain and suffering, heatstroke, suffocation, or even death. And that is after just a few minutes of being in the car. Every year, thousands of dogs and cats die due to these type of tragic incidents.

Dogs don’t sweat like humans do; they sweat through their paws and cool down by panting. After just a few minutes, they can display heatstroke symptoms like “restlessness, excessive thirst, thick saliva, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid heartbeat, fever, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and lack of coordination.”

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Knowing the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars, many people’s first instinct is to help and free the dog. Sadly, in Australia, someone could actually get in a lot of trouble with the law for helping a dog. There are still processes to follow and one cannot just break someone’s windows without being careful or having informed authorities, but most people also cannot just walk away and leave an animal to suffer in a hot car.

However, in Australia, you could be prosecuted for “intentional or reckless damage” and face up to 5-6 years of imprisonment. There are also no laws in place that specifically forbid leaving your dog in a hot cat.

A mastiff, in Perth, Australia, was once pulled out of a car by rescuers and despite their best efforts, she still died due to suffering seizures. Just two months ago, a police dog in the United Kingdom died after being left alone in a hot car while the handler completed weapons training. That’s why it’s important that people are able to rescue dogs from such situations.

If you agree and you want people to be able to help dogs left alone in hot cars, sign this petition!

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