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SAVE LIVES - NO PETS in HOT CARS!
HOW HOT DOES IT REALLY GET IN MY PARKED CAR???
Watch Dr. Ward explain how quickly a parked car gets hot:
May 19, 2017 by Seattle Animal Shelter
SAS says protect your pets, especially on 70-degree, sunny days.
Even if you park your car in the shade, the sun’s movement can quickly put your car in direct sunlight.
Spring weather has finally appeared for Seattle, which means open windows and more time outdoors. As people start to enjoy time outside with their pets, the Seattle Animal Shelter is reminding pet owners that, even on 70-degree days, it is not safe to leave their furry loved ones in vehicles.
Even if the ambient temperature is cool, studies have shown it’s a sunny day that can cause a car’s interior temperature to rise by an average of 40 degrees within an hour, said Ann Graves, Seattle Animal Shelter acting director.
“When the day starts out overcast and cool, pet owners sometimes have a false sense of safety,” Graves said. “But an overcast day can turn to a sunny day in the blink of an eye, and cars will get hot, very fast – and cracking the windows doesn’t help. It’s not worth the risk to leave your pet in a vehicle, on overcast days and especially sunny ones.”
A 2015 Washington state law makes it a violation just to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle or enclosed space, if the animal could be harmed or killed by exposure to excessive heat or cold, lack of ventilation or lack of water. Penalties under this law are in addition to potential animal cruelty charges. Graves reminded the public that the shelter’s humane law enforcement officers responding to calls about animals left in hot cars will utilize all means necessary to access vehicles to remove the animals if they believe the animals are in distress.
The Seattle Animal Shelter offers the following tips for protecting pets on sunny days and during hot weather:
If you see an animal that may be in need of assistance, or if you have questions, contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at 206-386-PETS (7387).
Please visit http://www.seattleanimalshelter.org for more information.
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