It is never a good idea to leave our beloved animal companions unattended in a car, but it is especially important to remember this now that summer has officially started and the temperatures are rising. Each year, thousands of animals die from suffocation or heat stroke after being left alone in a car. Despite this, people continue to leave their animals alone locked in cars.

puppy from Texas was about to become one of these unfortunate cases when he was rescued in the nick of time in a Walmart parking lot.  Left alone in a car with the windows up in 100-degree temperatures, the puppy’s breathing had become frantic, and rescuers said if left alone for any longer, the puppy would have likely perished in the suffocating heat.

Concerned onlookers did as they should and called the police and waited by the car until they arrived. Using a crowbar, officers pried the sunroof open and rescued the puppy, who was also covered in fleas and wounds but is now safe with an animal rescue group. Police arrested twenty-year-old Chandler Bullen on animal cruelty charges. His excuse for leaving the puppy alone in a hot car? He said he wanted to “save gas!” There is never a good excuse to leave an animal in a hot car, but this one is particularly disturbing.

petition on Care2 written by the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) states that in 80-degree weather, the temperature inside a car can reach 99 degrees in just ten minutes, and leaving the windows down in a parked car does not solve the issue. HSUS is calling on each of us to take the pledge to never leave animals unattended in a car and to report any incidents where animals are left alone in a car.

Please take a moment to sign this pledge and share with your network as an important reminder for this summer and onwards!

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