Considering about 26 percent of people in the UK are pet guardians, it’s safe to say that it is definitely a country of dog lovers. Thus, it’s understandable that one would want to take their best friend everywhere with them. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Such an innocent act can turn into a tragedy in the blink of an eye. Every year in the UK, hundreds of dogs die as a result of being left in hot cars. There have been instances in which the dogs have been rescued by a passerby who broke the car window. Sadly, that is becoming more infrequent due to the fear of being prosecuted. Because of this, a Care2 petition has been launched to change the laws and protect the heroes that save dogs from a potentially slow, agonizing death.
While awareness has been spread about the dangers of leaving dogs unsupervised in cars, there are still far too many dogs suffering or dying needlessly. It only takes 10 minutes for the temperature to go from 70 degrees outside to a whopping 89 degrees inside a car and only 30 minutes to reach a scorching 104 degrees! With these rapidly rising temperatures, there is often no time to find the guardian or wait for the authorities to arrive. Safely breaking a car window is often the only quick and effective way to save a life. If you believe the life of an innocent animal is more important than an easily replaceable car window, sign the petition asking the UK government to protect the heroes that save them.
Remember to never leave a dog unsupervised inside a car – even in the shade. Leaving the windows down also has little effect on the temperature inside the car. If you live in the UK and see a dog left in the car on a warm day, dial 999 immediately. However, if it is an emergency situation and the dog is showing signs of heatstroke, breaking the window may be the only option to save the animal. Try your best to take photos, video, and notes proving proper justification – be aware, however, that until the laws are changed, you may be liable for damages and be charged with criminal damage. It’s a scary situation not only for the dog but also for the person faced with what to do. The thought of being prosecuted should be the last thing a rescuer should have to worry about!
To learn the signs of heatstroke and how to care for a dog experiencing heatstroke, click here.
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