by Ali Berman
Categories: Animals, Causes
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Some people think it’s a great idea to bring their dog with them on their errands on a hot summer day. And it is, as long as you never ever leave your companion in the car. It could cost them their life.

Laura Bell Bundy tells it like it is in a new PSA for PETA. She says, “Every summer thousands of dogs die from heat stroke after being left alone in hot cars. The inside of a car can reach 100 degrees in minutes, even in the shade with the windows slightly open… If you see a dog alone in a car in warm weather call the humane authorities, the police or do whatever is necessary to get the dog out.”

PETA goes on to tell us, “Animals can suffer brain damage or death from heatstroke in just 15 minutes.”

The policy, if you see something, say something certainly applies here. Personally, I always keep my eye out for irresponsible pup guardians during the summer. If you see a dog alone in a car, don’t wait. Just call the police so they can get the dog out.

Now that the weather is getting hot again, it’s a great message to share with friends and family. Not everyone knows just how deadly a hot car can be.

Watch Laura Bell Bundy’s full PSA below.

About Ali Berman

Ali Berman is a writer, teacher and activist. She works as a humane educator for HEART teaching kids about issues affecting people, animals and the environment. Ali is also a fiction writer. Her published work can be found on her website at aliberman.com. In early 2012 Ali co-founded flipmeover, a production company with the mission to use media to raise awareness of social issues.

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