Did anyone else receive the email from Petfinder on Monday about keeping pets safe during Summer and/or disasters?
I actually went to check out the Petfinder infographics related to Hurricane Season, which started June 1, for a potential post when I saw another infographic that reminded me of a news story a friend told me about over the weekend.
The news story, which occurred in my area (Palm Beach County, Florida), goes something like this:
A man, who went somewhere to take some kind of career exam, left his two dogs in the car with the windows cracked while he was inside for an hour or so. That day, last Thursday, local temperatures were in the 90s F so you can only imagine how hot it became in that car!
Luckily, a passer-by noticed the dogs in the car and notified people in the area as well as the police. The responders got the dogs out of the car and brought them inside a building with air conditioning.
By that time, the dogs were already suffering from either Heat Exhaustion or Heat Stroke (I am not sure which one) requiring one of the dogs to need CPR from the responders! Unfortunately, that dog died soon after despite the resuscitation efforts.
There was still hope for the other dog but alas, that dog succumbed to the Heat Exhaustion (or Heat Stroke) the following day and died as well.
The owner is being charged with two counts of Animal Cruelty.
The whole situation leaves me barkless! I know my Ma would've called the police and then smashed the owner's car windows to get to those dogs! She has no tolerance for this kind of ignorance...or stupidity...or whatever you choose to call it.
So, in honor of the lives of those two dogs...and all the other dogs who have suffered being locked in a hot car, I want to share this Petfinder inforgraphic "Dogs in Hot Cars: How You Can Help!".