Associated Press, June 24, 2008:
“SAN DIEGO — A police dog was found dead in the back of his handler’s patrol car amid triple digit temperatures.
“The 5-year-old Belgian Malinois named Forest was found Friday in the vehicle parked outside the officer’s home in Alpine in eastern San Diego County, police spokeswoman Monica Munoz said Tuesday.
“Police were not releasing the officer’s name pending an investigation, Munoz said. She said she didn’t know how long Forest was inside the vehicle or whether heat contributed to the dog’s death.
“Temperatures in Alpine soared above 100 degrees F. on Friday when a high-pressure system brought record high temperatures across Southern California, the National Weather Service said.
“The county Department of Animal Services was conducting a necropsy to determine the cause of death, Munoz said.” -30-
Proving once again that no matter who you are, if you leave your dog (or child) in the car for even a short period of time … even on a moderately warm day … even with some of the windows cracked … you can end up killing it.
Check out these Web sites for some interesting information about pets (and children) left in cars:
Hyperthermia Deaths of Children in Vehicles:
Pets in hot cars:
How hot do cars get?
Bottom line here, folks … do not leave your pets (or children) alone in your car. Not if you love them. Thanks for caring. /Gary