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No dogs in hot cars: California puts warning in driver manual

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Dogs Die in Hot Cars

The following is particularly important because of the recent heat wave in our area. Please don’t leave dogs (or children) in the car … even for “just a minute!” They could be dead when you get back. /Gary

California first state to include warning in driver manual about the dangers hot cars present to dogs

United Animal Nations (UAN) commends California State Assemblymember Anthony Portantino (La Cañada Flintridge) and California Department of Motor Vehicles Director George Valverde for working together to place an advisory in the California Driver Handbook about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars.

“Every summer countless dogs become seriously ill and even die because their owners simply do not know the dangers of leaving them in enclosed vehicles,” said UAN president and CEO Nicole Forsyth. “Thanks to the leadership of Assemblymember Portantino, motorists will now be informed of this serious pet safety hazard, and no doubt many animal lives will be saved.”
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Posted on Thursday, August 26th, 2010
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AVMA Video: Protecting pets from heat stroke during heat waves

Protecting your pets from heat stroke during summer heat waves

This video from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) offers advice on how to protect your pets from heat stroke during summer heat waves, like the one that’s hitting us right now.

Please take 2 minutes and 42 seconds to view this video. Seems like the life of your pet is worth 2:42. Thanks. /Gary

Posted on Thursday, July 15th, 2010
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Hot cars are death traps for dogs

Hot dog in car. Photo by Flickr user Just chaos used under a Creative Commons License.
Hot dog in car Just chaos

The weather is starting to warm up and I just received the following news release from United Animal Nations in Sacramento, CA. Nice timing. Do you own a dog, or have a child or children? Then you need to read the information below. Boy, do you need to read it! Thanks. /Gary

SACRAMENTO, CA (May 18, 2010) – United Animal Nations (UAN), a national nonprofit animal protection organization, is imploring pet owners to avoid leaving their dogs in hot cars this summer – a practice that can lead to serious illness and even death.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 8th, 2010
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Hot cars & pets: No charges for SPCA exec in dog’s death in hot car

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Kind of a shocker to read this story in your morning Times:

Associated Press:
RICHMOND, Va. —A prosecutor says no charges are planned against an executive for an anti-animal cruelty group whose 16-year-old blind and deaf dog died after accidentally being left in a hot car for four hours.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Tracy Thorne-Begland said Wednesday charges are not planned against Robin Starr, CEO for the Richmond Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
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Posted on Thursday, August 27th, 2009
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Hot cars are death traps for dogs. This info can save your pet’s life!


As weather heats up, so does a national campaign to stop dogs from dying in hot cars

United Animal Nations (UAN), a national non-profit animal protection group, has launched its “My Dog is Cool” campaign to prevent dogs and other animals and kids from dying in hot cars during warm-weather months.
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Posted on Monday, May 18th, 2009
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Police dog found dead in hot patrol car


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.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
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Hot weather will return: Be ready to help your pets stay cool


I suspect this heat wave isn’t over.

Here are some good hot weather tips so the weather won’t cause problems for you and your pets when it heats up again.
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Posted on Monday, June 23rd, 2008
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Hot Weather: Keeping your pets safe

Feeling too hot? If you’re too hot, think how your pets feel with their fur coats!

Here are a few simple suggestions to help you keep your live-in animals safe during the present hot weather. Cut the following information out and stick it on your refrigerator door so you’ll always be reminded.
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Posted on Wednesday, June 11th, 2008
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Every year, dogs die after being left inside cars for “just a few minutes.”
Memorial Day weekend promises to be sunny and warm and maybe even hot, depending on the fog. Fortunately, just in time, The Animal Protection Institute (API, a national nonprofit animal welfare group in Sacramento has sent out the following information:

API has launched its summer initiative, “My Dog is Cool,” to save dogs and other animals from dying in hot cars during warm-weather months.

Every year, dogs die after being locked inside cars while their humans leave them, often for “just a few minutes.” These tragedies occur with alarming frequency, yet the animals’ deaths are completely preventable.

“As the summer heats up, it’s important that people be made aware of the dangers of leaving companion animals inside hot cars,” says API’s director of legal and government affairs, Nicole Paquette. “People mean well by taking their dog or other animal along with them while they work, visit, shop, or run errands, but warm weather can literally turn a car into a death trap.”

** NOTE: A Stanford University test found that even if it’s only 72 degrees outside, a car’s internal temperature can rocket to 116 degrees within an hour. Hundreds of dogs are unintentionally killed or injured each year by being left in hot cars, even with windows cracked and only for a short time.

The lifesaving Web site is a free, friendly resource to help spread the word about the dangers of hot cars. Resources include downloadable posters and “It’s hot!” flyers that can be used when a dog is left in a hot car, and an “Is it Too Hot?” weather forecasting tool that allows you to just enter your zip code and see if it’s too hot to take your pal along in the car.

The site provides everything you need to know to keep dogs safe and happy during hot weather.

The Animal Protection Institute is a national nonprofit animal advocacy organization working to end animal cruelty and exploitation through legislation, litigation and public education. For more information, visit

** Other things to keep in mind on warm/hot days:

Indoor Animals — Make sure your house doesn’t turn into an oven during the day while you’re at work. If you don’t have an air conditioner, leave as many windows partially open as you can to keep the air circulating. Moving air is important. Your dog or cat will follow the air currents around to find the most comfortable spot.

You can help by filling several liter-size plastic Coke/Pepsi bottles with water and freezing them. (Don’t fill them too full because ice expands.) Leave them lying on the floor around the house in places where your pets like to hang out. They can snuggle up against the icy bottles and keep at least a little cooler.

If you have an aquarium or fish bowl full of fish, make sure the sun doesn’t shine on them as it moves past your windows. Warm water loses oxygen, and a fish in a sunny aquarium can have trouble breathing and actually “drown.”

Outdoor Animals — If your dog or cat spends the day in the back yard, it would be great if they had a dog/cat door that would let them come inside to cool off. If they don’t (how about a doggy door into the garage?), you need to make sure they have some shady spots to get out of the sun and plenty of water to drink so they can stay hydrated.

Give the ground under bushes or in shady areas a good watering before you go to work so your dog has a place to stay comfortable. You can always give your pal a bath later.

Drinking Water — Whether your pets stay inside or out, make sure they have plenty of cool, clean water to drink. Leave several large bowls in different parts of your house or yard where your pets like to go and make sure they stay out of the sun so the water doesn’t get too hot to drink.

Some Tips — Here are a couple of important points from an ASPCA News Alert on hot weather:
1. Exercise your dog in the cool of the early morning or evening, never when it’s hot. Be careful not to let your dog stand on hot asphalt or cement, as its sensitive paw pads can easily burn.

2. Some animals need extra special care in hot weather, especially those who are elderly and overweight, or have heart or lung disease. Hopefully, you know who you are.

Thanks for caring. /Gary

Posted on Wednesday, May 23rd, 2007
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California Gov. signs bill to protect pets in hot cars

Sorry I missed you! I’ve been on a trip to Panama for the last 12 days and starting on Thursday (tomorrow), I’ll be writing about some of the things I saw and did.

I’ve been wading through the big pile of e-mail I found when I got back this morning and discovered that a very important bill — Senate Bill 1806 — was signed into law by California Governor Schwarzenegger while I was gone. The purpose of SB 1806 is to protect dogs and cats in hot cars by prohibiting the endangerment of "animals" in vehicles exposed to heat or cold. That’s wonderful! This legislation is LONG overdue. Too bad this bill exempted "agricultural animals," including horses, if in vehicles designed for their transport. I expect those animals can get pretty hot, too, when being transported in the middle of summer. Maybe next time?

Posted on Wednesday, October 4th, 2006
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