Heat Kills

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Today was one of the hottest days we’ve had this Summer in Las Vegas. It was heavy and simply scorching. As it gets warmer in Vegas we start to drastically modify the outdoor activities for our dogs Galaxy and Thornton. Their health and safety is always a priority. Some days early in the morning or late at night we give the girls a short walk, other days there’s none. You can never underestimate the dangers of heat and that leads me to dogs in cars. Your car is an oven. Now if someone asked you to put your dog in an oven you would be outraged. It’s cruel and it’s deadly. So, why is that every Summer we hear of too many dogs left in cars without air conditioning and water, all while the owner grocery shops, visits the post office, and runs errands?
I for one am not a stranger to frantically trying to find the owner of a dog locked in a baking hot car. My first call is to the police as it always an emergency when you come across a dog in a hot car. Invariably the owner shows up and says my dog’s okay I was only gone a few minutes….and that’s where the danger comes in. A few minutes can mean the difference between life and death.
Why is there a disconnect towards dogs in cars when we know the minute we sit in our cars we find it unbearable for ourselves? This we may never know the answer to as it happens year after year. But without getting technical of how hot it gets the message is simple, HEAT KILLS! So how do we get the message out there? I would like to see a campaign of continuous public service announcements on television during the Summer months as a constant reminder to pet owners. These announcements should include the information that it is a crime in Nevada to leave your pet in your car. The statute states 574.195 states “a person shall not allow a cat or dog to remain unattended in a parked or standing motor vehicle during a period of extreme heat or cold or in any other manner that endangers the health or safety of the cat or dog”.
Currently it is a misdemeanor which I would like to see changed to a felony charge.
Other methods to disseminate information are through emails, newsletters, blog posts, social media, and visual aids in public areas. If we can collectively take a minute to share this info I truly believe we can make this a high profile message of great value and save lives.

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