Why pets and vehicles don’t mix:

  • A dog, for example, has a normal body temperature of about 39°C (102°F). Unlike people, a dog has a limited ability to sweat to cool off. So even a brief time in a hot environment can be life threatening.

  • After reaching a body temperature of 41°C (106°F), it doesn’t take long for a pet to begin suffering irreparable brain damage or death.

  • Even on a mild day, with the windows open and parked in the shade, the temperature in a vehicle can rapidly reach very dangerous levels.

  • As a result, many pets die each year simply by being left in a parked vehicle during warm weather. But you can do something about it.

Act fast and save a life:

If you spot an unattended pet in a vehicle that appears to be suffering from heat exhaustion, do not hesitate to:

  • Call 310-SPCA (7722)

  • Call your local SPCA or Humane Society

  • Call your local Police

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