Protecting Dogs From the Dangers of Hot Cars

Posted by Lisa Franzetta, ALDF's Director of Communications on August 5, 2010

Every summer at the Animal Legal Defense Fund, we receive numerous phone calls and emails from people who have heard stories about dogs who have died after being left in hot cars. Sometimes the owners of these dogs are charged with animal cruelty, and unfortunately, many times they are not.

What many people don’t know is that even on moderately cool days, the temperature inside a car can be fatal. Even when its only 70 degrees outside, in just one hour, the temperature inside a car can soar to over 110 degrees, and cracking the windows doesn’t really help.

Check out ALDF’s video about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars and suggestions for what you can do in your community to protect dogs from becoming “hot car” victims.