Thursday, August 11, 2016

Too hot: How you can rescue a pet in need

Earlier this summer a young puppy was rescued when baseball fans heard it crying following a Royals game in Kansas City. Reports say that it was one of the hottest days of the year and the puppy was most likely in the car for a few hours.  The fans immediately took the steps necessary to rescue the hot pup and get it to safety. The story has a happy ending and the puppy was re-homed.

What can you do when you see a trapped animal in a car?
Most animals left in cars are dogs of all shapes and sizes and the heat can affect them quickly . KDOT encourages you to check with your local law enforcement to understand what you can do when you see a pet trapped in a car on a hot day. 
According to the Humane Society’s website there are a few steps you should remember to take before you start smashing windows. 
  • You should start by taking down the car’s information and description. What is the make and model of the car? What color is it? What is the license plate number?
  • If you are in a parking lot attempt to get a hold of the manager or employee from the store or business. Have them try to find the owner.
  •  If that fails, call the NON-emergency phone number for your local law enforcement and explain the situation. Then wait for them to give you further instructions or for them arrive.
  • Fortunately, some states have Good Samaritan laws that may protect you should you try to rescue the animal. But it is a good idea to know the laws beforehand and it couldn’t hurt to ask local law enforcement first.

If the pet is showing any signs of heat distress get it to a cool area and apply cool, not cold, water if possible. Then call a local veterinarian for further assistance.

Remember, if you see something, say something. It is never okay to leave a pet inside a hot car. Cracked windows will not keep them cool. If its too hot for you, its way too hot for them. 

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