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Monday, 31 August 2015

It's Still Summer - Don't Leave Your Dogs In The Car

I had an interesting day yesterday. You know it's funny, I have posted several times about how dangerous it is to leave a dog in the car during the summer months, and I have heard stories piled on top of stories of people coming across dogs in distress because they are stuck in a vehicle on a hot summer day - BUT, I have never actually experienced it myself, until yesterday.


I know it's very hard to tell from the glare on the windows, but inside this truck was a small collie. There I was, chillaxin' in my house when the "man" came home from a walk to the store. He came through the door and asked me if I thought it was hot enough that a dog could be in danger being left in a vehicle today. I knew it was hot out, so I instantly replied "yes, most definitely, why??" It was then that he told me as he was walking home, there was this truck parked on the road, and a dog inside barking his little lungs out. He continued to tell me that the windows were cracked a tiny bit, but he saw no sign of the owner of the truck anywhere. 

I went on a mission...

I didn't even hesitate. I asked my oldest daughter to throw her shoes on, we were going for a walk. I found the truck right away, and already this was about 8 minutes from the time "the man" had told me about the dog to begin with. I inspected the dog the best I could. While he was panting, he didn't seem distressed... yet. So, I waited, and I waited, the owner did not turn up. I have the Ontario SPCA #NoHotPets phone number in my contacts, and I knew it was time to make the call. I provided them the address of which the truck was located, the license plate etc... then we waited some more. I was not going to leave this dog. When I saw the collie lay down on the back seat of the truck, and noticed the panting had indeed worsened, I was about to phone the police. The OSPCA was just not getting there quick enough. I pulled my phone out, and low and behold, down comes the owner of the truck out of some apartment he had been in. He looked at me, I assume wondering why I was standing next to his truck. I proceeded to tell him his dog may be suffering, and how dangerous it is to leave a dog in a vehicle on a hot day, of course he could care less. As he got into his truck, I loudly let him know I had phoned in his plates to the OSPCA, and mentioned he should get his dog some water ASAP! He simply drove away.

dogs in hot cars #nohotpets

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The best thing I can take out of this, is that when the man came back to the dog and his truck, his dog did seem ok, and happy to see him. If I had of made it to the point of phoning the police, I already had planned in my head what my words were going to be - "I am standing in front of a truck with a dog locked inside. I have called the OSPCA, but if someone does not come soon, I will break this window if I think the dog's life is in danger." Would I have broken that window? Yes! If no one came to help this dog (including the police)... I would have done everything in my power to make sure that the dog was ok. Period.

Thoughts?
I would love to know:
Did I do the right thing? Should I have acted more drastic? 
What would you have done?





34 comments:

  1. You're right. Cars can still become ovens!

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  2. Just another reason we are not summer fans, we can't go along much because it is too hot in the car.

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  3. Yes you did the right thing.....in that moment in time, you cared more about that man's dog than he did..........I would have done the same thing..........

    Hugs, Pam

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    1. Thank you. I just knew there was no way I was walking away from that dog until I knew he was safe. Even if I had to act drastically in the end, which thankfully, I didn't!

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  4. We think you did the right thing by first calling the OSPCA and then almost calling the police. I just don't understand how pet owners could care less about leaving their pets in hot cars. It is so sad.
    Oz

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    1. It really is sad. I mean, how many times to we have to hear of dogs dying in hot cars before people will listen?? It's ridiculous! I have to be honest and say I am also pretty upset that OSPCA never even showed up...

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  5. Mum and I think you did the right thing. Mum says she woulda done what you did. I do not get to go with mum much during the summer because the ground is so hot. Actually, there was an article last week where a man took his dog for a hike in the mountains here and the rescue squad had to be called because the burned his paws so badly he could not walk. I think it is just as bad for peeps to walk the dogs in the middle of the day when temps are in high 90's to 100s!!! Just sayin

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    1. I couldn't agree more! What an awful story!

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  6. Humans are the cruelest of all animals. I hope that man realizes what he did, but it is doubtful. You did the right thing. Thank you! ♥

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    1. I know. The sheer look on his face told me everything... he simply did not care.

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  7. Good for you! You can't teach dumb animals (humans) sometimes. At least the dog seemed to be ok this time.

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  8. You absolutely did the right thing. I cannot believe (yes I can) how caviler his attitude was.

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  9. You absolutely did the right thing.....good for you! It's just too bad the man couldn't have been more caring and concerned. I think everyone will be happy when summer is over for just this reason!
    Lots of wags and woofs from the crew at Wag n Woof Pets

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    1. Thanks Jan, and yea, I know what you mean!!

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  10. I think you handled it right and your course of action was right too.

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  11. I think you handled the situation perfectly. You evaluated the situation and took action accordingly. Bravo!

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  12. You did the right thing, but we are also grateful that the man simply drove away. So many bad peeps out there, you never know what he could have done to you. We hope he learned a lesson.

    The heat is back here, we have been enjoying our a/c all day:)

    Woos - Ciara and Lightning

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    1. Thank dog for a/c right?! Yes, I know, I am glad he went peacefully I suppose, I just wish he would have acknowledged the danger his dog was in or something you know?

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  13. That guy is an idiot. You did the right thing.

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  14. I think you did the right thing and at least the dog was OK!

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  15. Good for you Jenna! You definitely did the right thing. It's too bad OSPCA didn't show up sooner but I love that you have them on speed dial! Although the man drove away, you taught him an important lesson - that people are watching and that if he pulls something like that again someone will phone it in! Well done, you made us all proud!
    Love & Biscuits,
    Dogs Luv Us and We Luv Them

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  16. thanks for checking the dog out and for calling someone. urgh

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    1. I know, it's just so infuriating isn't it?!

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