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Kudos to the San Marcos Police Department for confiscating two dogs who were left inside of a parked car and for ticketing the woman for her life-threatening actions. In the United States, it’s against the law to abuse and neglect animals, which is exactly what one does when they leave animals in parked vehicles.

It only takes minutes for an animal to be cooked alive inside a park car: On a warm day, even with the windows cracked, the temperature inside a parked car can reach more than 160 degrees. Parking in the shade and/or leaving water in the vehicle won’t help. Dogs can’t cool themselves as efficiently as humans can, and they can succumb to heatstroke in just 15 minutes, resulting in brain damage or death. Symptoms include restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite and coordination, dark tongue, and vomiting.

Many dogs suffer and die each year because they’re left in hot vehicles. I’m sure everyone will agree that an animals’ life is more important than a shopping trip—law or no law. No matter what your schedule, please remember to be kind and responsible to all of your family members, animals included. If you ever see a dog left in a car, have the owner paged or call 911 immediately — the dog’s life depends on it. Visit to learn more.

Cruelty Investigations Department
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals
Norfolk, Va.

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