A Woman Left Her Dog In A Hot Car And Had To Learn Her Lesson The Hard Way
Every year we hear the stories of the unfortunate consequences of pets and children being left in a hot car. People don’t realize how quickly temperatures can rise in an unattended vehicle, especially on a warm summer day. According to PETA, the temperature inside a car can rise to up to 120 degrees in just minutes during just a 78-degree day. On even hotter days, the temperature can rise even higher and quicker. Even if you think you are only going to be gone a few minutes, don’t risk leaving your four-legged friends in the car. It seems one Ohio woman had to learn this lesson the hard way.
According to major Ohio media outlet, Cleveland.com, the Strongsville police officer was called to the local Walmart after a good Samaritan spotted a dog locked in an unattended Black Nissan Sentra. When the owner returned to the vehicle, she was approached by the officer. Despite explaining that she knew the dog would be fine, the officer did something very unusual. He told the lady to get inside the vehicle and sit in the hot car for a few minutes to feel how uncomfortable it would quickly become. The officer wrote about the ordeal in the day’s police blotter, which was published by the Sun News.
To prove a point, the officer made the woman sit inside of the warm car with the windows up and without the engine on for a few minutes. The woman said she was fine but the officer noted she looked uncomfortable. The woman was advised if she did this again she would be cited.
The Huffington Post points out that this isn’t the first time law enforcement has used this kind of punishment. One New Mexico officer found himself in hot water after forcing a lady to do the same thing after finding her dog trapped in the car. The incident was captured on his body camera. Here is the footage, courtesy of KOB news in New Mexico.
PETA reminds pet owners that temperatures that may feel mildly uncomfortable for us may have deadly consequences for our animals. Humans are able to sweat to stay cool, while dogs rely on panting to beat the heat. Make it a mission to keep your pets safe this summer! Check out the footage below to see the dangers of leaving your dog in the car.