Dog dies in hot car yesterday afternoon

September 28, 2010 10:49 am · 94 comments

This morning, we received an email. It’s sad, but it’s important to read….

Hi Mayor. I had an unfortunate experience yesterday and I feel horrible, like I have never felt before. I left my dog in my car yesterday to run a quick errand, and when I came back, he was dead. I ran into Safeway, only for about 10 minutes and didn’t realize it was so hot outside. When I came back my best friend was dead. I even parked in the shade but he still died.

I want to know if you will warn others about leaving dogs in cars on hot days. Death happens so fast. I wish I could take it all back. I am just crushed and can’t imagine what he went through.

That’s just tragic. Let’s all learn a lesson from this man’s horrible mistake.

1 Phil September 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Sorry to hear about your loss. Most of us don’t realize how quickly our cars heat up on really hot days!

2 Cindy September 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM

You are an idiot! Why would you leave anything that was alive in a car? 10 minutes? I don’t believe it!

3 whatever September 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM

this sounds like a hoax to me. some animal lover just trying to get people to listen to their opinion. lets make a story to get people to listen to me. bla bla bla

4 Rob September 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM

I really wish I could conjure up sympathy for people who leave animals in parked cars on hot days – perhaps I used to be able to – but no longer.

5 jw September 28, 2010 at 10:56 AM

I feel bad for the guy and even worse for the dog, but c’mon, how foolish can you be? There’s enough of these cases with pets, and especially children, that it shouldn’t be news to anyone HOW HOT a car can get and HOW FAST it happens. Common sense, people.

6 Garcia September 28, 2010 at 10:59 AM

Idiot. Thats all I have to say.

7 Lola September 28, 2010 at 11:00 AM

Sorry for your loss.

…but seriously?! Who doesn’t know about hot cars yet?!?!

8 MissMelyssa September 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Oh no. That makes me so sad.

9 Mr. Mayor September 28, 2010 at 11:03 AM

No, it’s not a hoax, unfortunately.

10 nicole September 28, 2010 at 11:07 AM

Uhh He/she probably left the dog in the car longer then 10 min. : /

11 Anonymous September 28, 2010 at 11:10 AM

The stupidty of some people just really gets to me and this time it cost a poor lovable dog its life. I just cringe at how that poor dog must have suffereed.

12 Charles-the-cat September 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

That’s sad. I respect the letter writer for trying to prevent this from happening to someone else’s pet.

Funny how blog commenters are always b*tching about people not taking responsibility for their actions and then when had someone does own up to their mistake they get treated like dirt.

13 Concord resident September 28, 2010 at 11:11 AM

How could you not know it was hot outside? The weather has been all over the news and unless you live in an air conditioned home with no tv and internet 24/7, how could you not know?

Shame on you!

14 Phil September 28, 2010 at 11:15 AM

Some of you might remember about a year or so ago when a mother left her child in the car all day at work. She forgot to take her child to the day care and went straight to work forgetting that her child was in the back seat. This was in Concord right next door to where I worked.

15 Claycordian September 28, 2010 at 11:16 AM

That’s heartbreaking.

The same heat that can kill an animal in the car can also kill a baby/small child. The car windows heat up the inside of the car so much more than the temperature outside, a good reminder for us all.

16 Insuranceman September 28, 2010 at 11:20 AM

He is only human. It was a tragic mistake. Your friend will alway love you:)

17 Just me September 28, 2010 at 11:22 AM

I call the police when I find animals left in the car, unless its winter.

So sad and a hard lesson learned.

18 Anon777 September 28, 2010 at 11:26 AM

Charles the cat: WELL SAID!!! So sorry for this person’s loss. I know they warn people about this a lot, but really, you don’t think it can happen in 10 minutes.

19 Kimberly September 28, 2010 at 11:29 AM

Why are people so damn stupid?! Anyone with half a brain knows you should NEVER leave your pets or your children in your car on even a slightly warm day! Temperatures inside can reach catastrophic numbers and mean death for your loved ones! This poor dog suffered and died a horrible death thanks to this irresponsible moron. This jerk should not be allowed to have anymore pets and should serve jail time. This is a crime!

20 Bob September 28, 2010 at 11:33 AM

I saw a dog in a Volvo one hot day in distress. The windows were rolled up! I called the CPD. When the CPD was on the way, the owner walked out of a store. This guy looked like Mr. T. from the A Team. I definitely wasn’t going to confront him about it.

21 please September 28, 2010 at 11:37 AM

don’t get another dog

22 JoJo September 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for reminding us how quickly this can happen. Don’t take in the bad comments.

23 Jason @ REI Capital September 28, 2010 at 11:46 AM

This is horrible… I will share this with everyone, as many people think that just five or ten minutes is okay… That dog owner must feel truly horrible.

24 warbirds45 September 28, 2010 at 11:48 AM

As the saying goes ” An eye for an eye “, today would be a good day! No dog should ever be left in a car, hot or cold!

25 kalani September 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

how did you not know how hot it was? didn’t you have the air conditioner on?well thats a sign that you knew how hot it was,and if you didnt have the a/c on,well……..
sorry ,you have no excuse……
10 minutes?what ,were all the windows rolled up too?was this your first time ever bringing your dog anywhere?…sounds like a murder to me.

26 Truth Squad September 28, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Sadly cops do this to their dogs all the time. I feel the thugs they’re trying to catch should be charged with cruelty to animals because cops love their dogs and if they weren’t distracted doing their jobs the dogs wouldn’t die.

27 David Molstad September 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM

I would not recommend this, but;

I think I would break the side window and let the dog, pet, or baby out.

A small hammer with a pointed end can break a car window real quick. You would be liable for the replacement cost of the window and perhaps a citation for destroying property, but you could save a life.

Depends on what risk you are willing to take to save a life.

Pets have unconditional love, something we should all try to emulate.

I am truly sorry the person here lost their pet. Glad the warning is going out. No one should have to be more accountable or responsible than the pets very best friend.

28 Mr. Mayor September 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM

Truth Squad,

It doesn’t happen “all the time” to cops. Most cops have alarms in their vehicle, so if it gets above a certain temperature, the alarm goes off, and I believe the door might even open. Also, they leave their vehicles on with the air going if they are out of their car.

29 Cowellian September 28, 2010 at 11:57 AM

This is very sad, and I’m sorry it happened.

I am glad it wasn’t a child.

30 anonymous September 28, 2010 at 11:58 AM

Hoax for several reasons.

1. “Didn’t realize it was hot?” I mean it was the hottest day yesterday in maybe a month or more.

2. Nobody who did something this stupid would post up on a public forum the next day to talk about their stupidity. Just not human nature.

31 Nikki P September 28, 2010 at 12:02 PM

here it comes……………………YOU’RE AN IDIOT!!!!!!! People like you really piss me off. Do you have any common sense what so ever? It was over 100 degrees yesterday!!!!

People STOP running errands with your pets. It’s ok to be alone for a few minutes..leave your pets at home!!!!!

32 j September 28, 2010 at 12:08 PM

@ just me

stop wasting the police’s time?

33 Anonymous September 28, 2010 at 12:13 PM

K9 officers leave their cars running with the air conditioning on even at the station, parked in the shade. They know better than to leave their dogs in a hot car. And The Mayor is correct, there is an alarm that will go off if the car gets too hot.

34 LJ September 28, 2010 at 12:16 PM

That’s just too sad for words. I’m so sorry for your loss and appreciate your being honest about what turned out to be a very bad decision. I’ve seen dogs kept in the cars parked by Trader Joe’s on Treat/Oak Grove. Wake up, people.

35 JoAnne September 28, 2010 at 12:19 PM

I am so sorry to hear this. I hope that by reading this man’s sad story, others will learn.

Another thing that kills a lot of dogs, especially dwarf type dogs are food bags such as chip bags. The dog gets its head inside and then can’t pull the bag off and it suffocates. I always cut the bottom of empty bags now, just in case one escapes the trash container.

36 neenee September 28, 2010 at 12:22 PM

Typical idiot, I’m a vet tech and unfortunately this kind of thing happens a lot.10 mins? Try at least 20! And how the heck did you not realize how hot it was yesterday? Are you kidding?! Yes you should feel bad because heat stroke is a horrible way to die. If something as simple as not keeping your dog in a car when its in the 90’s doesn’t come as common sense to you do the world a favor and do not get another dog! P.S. also all you people who keep your dogs chained up in the bed of your truck when its that hot your not much better owners!

37 b state September 28, 2010 at 12:25 PM

Sorry for the loss

However, were you born yesterday? There are warnings on the news, stories about babies, dogs, etc

I guess people feel that it won’t happen to them.

38 Impartial/Imperfect September 28, 2010 at 12:30 PM

I agree with Charles #12. Although common sense would have been to not leave the dog in the vehicle–even in the shade–this person made a tragic mistake and has to live with the consequences.
It’s much too easy for those who are perfect to sling mud.

39 Steve R. September 28, 2010 at 12:35 PM

While I can understand people being upset about this – being a dog lover myself, it concerns me that this happened.

HOWEVER, the owner obviously realized they made a mistake and that is why they wrote to Claycord….. to keep this from happening to others. Try not to be so harsh. Mistakes happen even to the best intentioned people. When I get upset is when other times I hear about things like this happening and the owner doesn’t seem to have any remorse – THAT pisses me off. This is different…

My thoughts are with the owner of this dog – I can’t imagine how hard this is for you….. hang in there.

40 Truth Squad September 28, 2010 at 12:41 PM

Sorry Mayor but it does happen ‘all the time’.
http://lmgtfy.com/?q=police+dog+dies+car

41 Clayton Lover September 28, 2010 at 12:52 PM

Dear Truth Squad:
Seriously, you are a dumb ass. Ever notice that every police car that is unattended with a police dog inside has the engine running and the air conditioning on full blast? Seriously, you are a dumb ass.
The dogs are always treated with utmost care.
Signed,
a K9 Officer family member.
ps: Truth Squad, you really are a dumb ass.

42 Smellingoutbullshit September 28, 2010 at 12:54 PM

Yah 10 minutes is a little bit unbelievable. I believe that a dog can die that quick but think its probably unlikely that the story is how its posted here. Its sick that this person did this but better a dog than a human! Sorry but thats the truth! We could save money with our prison system though and start doing this!!
A novel idea I think!

43 popo September 28, 2010 at 12:54 PM

I saw two dogs in a hot car yesterday. People need to treat their animals as they would themselves or child. A lot of people do not deserve to own animals at all.
I am angry now
.

44 misnomer September 28, 2010 at 1:08 PM

Animal Services in Martinez has fliers you can place on peoples cars when you see a pet in the car.

Really though, This week has been one of the hottest this year. Don’t leave kids and pets in the car. It’s crazy with all the publicized deaths that people do not know this.

45 Anon September 28, 2010 at 1:10 PM

At first I was very angry at the owner of the dead dog, but I have to give some credit that whomever they are took the time to warn others of his or hers mistake. People please just think how warm it gets sitting in any closed in area. It is so sad, because this should have never happened to the poor doggy. Please remind your family and friends not to leave anyone including pets in our cars.

46 BagsFlyFree September 28, 2010 at 1:14 PM

Over 80 and find dog in car with windows rolled up = run into store and have the PA blast the news across the store repeatedly.

Over 90 and find dog in car with windows rolled up = call cops, break small window, run into store and have the PA blast the news across the store repeatedly.

Your furry friends thank you for reading.

47 Did September 28, 2010 at 1:19 PM

It was 106 DEGREES OUTSIDE yesterday you idiot! OMG, I HATE people like this, THEY should be the ones to die in hot cars! You shouldn’t own a pet if you don’t know basic crap like this! I wonder was this person charged with cruelty to animals.

THIS IS DISGUSTING!

48 Raven September 28, 2010 at 1:22 PM

My husband was driving down Mendocino last night around 6:30 and saw a miniture pony pulling two people on a sled with wheels, in 95 degree heat, are they crazy!! Never mind that they were both on the plus side.
Even the horses who pull the buggies in Central Park aren’t allowed out if the heat is over 85/90 not sure which.

49 Mad Mom September 28, 2010 at 1:25 PM

That is so sad. I feel sorry for your loss. All the bad comments are from people who have obviously never made a mistake. Your mistake cost you dearly. It was very brave of you to post your loss. You may be anonymous to the Claycord community, but your story will surely save lives . (of pets & people)

50 Little Dog Mom September 28, 2010 at 1:29 PM

PHPD is heading to Michael’s RIGHT NOW (1:29 p.m.) because some one left their dog in the car and its in “distress” – its sickening.

51 MissMelyssa September 28, 2010 at 1:38 PM

I think that it is safe to say that cops sometimes accidentally kill their dogs as we do. Wasn’t it several months ago where a cop’s dog died as he went to his training, and left the dog in the car?

I’m not saying all cops or all citizens kill their dogs by leaving them in the car, but it does happen. We just hear about them when the media exposes the stories to us. I think we hear about it more now because of parents leaving their kids in the car.

52 EdiBirsan September 28, 2010 at 1:44 PM

I generally take my dog with me in the winter months to work but I do not risk the heat build up in the summer which happens way too fast.
I also recall several months ago a passing by woman in a panic over a dog in car at Oak Grove and Treat and we managed to get both water and to set up shade for the car until the owner arrived. He too was gone for about 10 minutes but did not appreciate the efforts to help his dog.

53 mmhmm September 28, 2010 at 1:45 PM

There is no way you were only gone 10 minutes. By the time you parked, walked inside, got your stuff and checked out and back to your car it was probably 25-30 minutes.

54 Justaskin September 28, 2010 at 1:46 PM

I am so sorry for your loss. Thank you for having the courage to tell your story while knowing that there are people out there who will berate you for what happened. Knowing that you wanted to tell your story so it doesn’t happen to someone else is very commendable. I applaud you! I cannot even begin to imagine the pain and guilt your feel inside. I’m so very sorry you lost your friend.

55 ananoymous dog September 28, 2010 at 1:49 PM

This sounds like a hoax, if not you ar stupid. Do you not pay attention to the weather reports. A dogs body tempature is higher than humans and I have been told on a hot day that their blood can boil within 2 minutes. I have a dog and I don’t ever leave her in a car when it is warm/hot out.

Also just a vent. Whyd do people leave their dogs in their backyards aon such hot days. You don’t want to be out in the heatr so why would you leave your dog out in the heat or even take it for a walk on sucha hot day???????

56 anounymous September 28, 2010 at 1:55 PM

Little dog mom,
is the dog at Michaels okay????

57 Captain Obvious September 28, 2010 at 2:04 PM

You need to park in real shade, and leave the windows way, way down.

Partial shade with the windows cracked an inch or two won’t cut it.

Shockingly, most places don’t have proper shade in their parking lots, if any, nor are there any nearby kennels.

58 Leigh September 28, 2010 at 2:24 PM

I love how he wrote “I want to know if you will warn others about leaving dogs in cars on hot days”

Ya – it’s kindof a no-brainer.

Sorry, I have no sympathy for this person Animal cruelty charges should be brought against him or her.

59 tracer03 September 28, 2010 at 2:25 PM

Boill?

60 Wilson September 28, 2010 at 2:35 PM

@Truth Squad: Right on, thank you for the link! There are indeed dozens of “police dog death in police car” stories. The specific story of the Louisana K9 dog ripping the interior of the squad car before going into three seizures and then dying in the animal hospital is horrible. Source: http://www.wdsu.com/r/20134024/detail.html

And the “safety” features did NOT work. Hey, the BRAIN of the OWNER doesn’t work. Sorry to hear for your loss. ROLL YOUR WINDOW DOWN ALL THE WAY. If you have a dog worth its own weight, your car will be safe.

61 Nelson Muntz September 28, 2010 at 2:38 PM

What an idiot. I hope you have a vasectomy or your tubes tied so you can not reproduce.

62 Huh September 28, 2010 at 2:41 PM

More comments than the drag racing head on collision on Bailey road?

Simply Amazing. The owner seems repentant has learned their lesson & you all pile on the hate.
The drag racers nearly killed a family and are at large, where’s the rage?

PS – As horrible as it was, no charges were filed against the several children that were left to die in cars.

It’s a dog and yes I am an animal lover.
If you want to get mad, here you go:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sLcgxIGTFRs&feature=related

63 Leigh September 28, 2010 at 2:57 PM

Hey HUH @ 2:41

You shouldn’t have posted that link without a warning before it, I’ve got kids over my shoulder

64 older/wiser September 28, 2010 at 3:02 PM

There is no benefit in calling this person an idiot. It benefits nothing. It is too late to save the dog, and the person already realizes it was an extremely unwise thing to do.

At least the person is admitting the error and trying to persuade others not to do it.

65 Leave The Dogs At Home September 28, 2010 at 3:09 PM

1st of all, why do people insist on driving around town with their damn dogs? Other than going to vet appts or to the park, why in the hell do you need your dog in your lap while you run errands. Careless, just careless!!! Having a dog in your lap is just as distracting at texting or talking on the phone, why don’t the police pull over people for this? It annoys the hell out of me. Also, why do you assume I want to eat with your freaking dog??? Skip’s in Clayton allows people to bring their dogs to the restaurant. Excuse me, but if I had wanted to eat with a dog, I would have my meal served in a dish and sit down next to my dog AT MY HOUSE!!!!

Leave your damn dogs at home!!! This death is such a careless waste and could have been easily prevented.

SHAME ON YOU!!!

66 Luna September 28, 2010 at 3:30 PM

Are you kidding me? Didn’t know???? Then this person is too stupid to be in our society. I hope he is charged with a crime. I hope he gets jail.

67 Drvrdadca September 28, 2010 at 3:31 PM

Leigh, Just what did you think you were gonna see at that link under this posting? The fact that it was flagged and you had to log in should’ve stopped you there. Are your children OK or did you traumatize them by watching the video?

Animals belong at home, inside, with water and some type of air circulation when it is this damn hot. This is a NO BRAINER, I thought.

68 Ashley September 28, 2010 at 3:42 PM

I don’t want to make the poor man feel worse but I can’t even begin to tell you the amount of times I have seen people leave their dogs in the car with the windows rolled up or cracked barely. As an owner of dogs (pugs who do not tolerate heat) I DO NOT take my dogs out even when they beg for rides, i’m doing my dogs a favor by leaving them home in the air conditioning. Why can’t others be as selfless? If my husband and I are together running errands in hot weather with the dogs, one of us stays in the car with the air running, parked in the shade with all windows rolled down and this is rare we do it but we would never ever leave our dogs in the car on a hot day. I just don’t understand people. One day I was at sears and it was a warm day not a 101 but still very warm. There was a car parked in the sun, with a senior dog, all windows rolled up. I waited for the owner and I swear to god I did not confront this man in any angry way but I just said “you really should leave a window down” and the man went off on me, yelling and screaming he had his dog for blah blah years and it’s none of my business etc… I was appalled and very upset the rest of the day and I was like fine, one day your dog will be dead and so now i’m afraid to say anything to anybody because one jackass had to be mean to me for me caring about his dog. Major pet peeve, people leave your dogs and kids at home when it’s over 80! Enough said.

69 bm. September 28, 2010 at 3:49 PM

In addition to what others have said, I think it is important to point out that leaving your dog in a hot car isn’t just careless but illegal in California.

http://gov.ca.gov/index.php?/print-version/press-release/4024/

70 CDK September 28, 2010 at 3:49 PM

How awful, shame on you!

71 The Original Anon E. Mouse September 28, 2010 at 3:53 PM

Of course, animals elicit more sympathy then human injuries. They are cuter and smarter than us! Animals are smart enough to get their every care and whim looked after. Humans are so dumb … while that list could go on a while.

Thank goodness they didn’t decide to take their child with them. “It was only 10 minutes” afterall ….

72 @Home Mom September 28, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Truth Squad,
I never realized the police were so careless with their dogs. Thank you for your link!

73 moneypenny September 28, 2010 at 4:23 PM

Sorry about your dog/companion. It was brave of you to admit that here on Claycord.
I realize that a dog can be a person’s companion and they sometimes take them everywhere, even on small errands. But it seems to be a wiser choice to leave them at home where it is cooler and safer…….

74 Whathavewebecome? September 28, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Sorry to hear about that. But there is a law about leaving your dog in the car. We make these laws for people that can’t think for themselves and yet, another law that is overlooked. Just like driving while on your cell, stopping at red lights, etc.

75 observer September 28, 2010 at 5:03 PM

Charles -the-Cat – what is there to “respect’ about this person?

Leave the Dogs at Home – I totally agree with you. Have never understood the need for people to take their dogs EVERYWHERE. Have noticed especially, older men who are joined at the hip with their small yappy dogs just like the young Hollywood starlets who take their tiny yappy dogs everywhere and treat them as if the dogs were children.

Is this you, Birsan – – – and once again, thank you for once again, bringing attention to YOU.

76 Anon September 28, 2010 at 5:44 PM

I feel sorry for you mister but I hope you learned a lesson. You need not take your friend everywhere only if for 10 mins. If you have to take your friend at least bring an extra set of keys and leave your car running with the air on. May sound stupid but I have seen people do this. But mostly leave your friend at home, you aren’t doing him or her any favors by leaving in a sauna. Another thing people need to quit doing is walking their dogs in 102 degree heat in the middle of the afternoon unless they are barefoot themselves. Just because they are a dog doesn’t mean their feet don’t burn or freeze. If you can’t tolerate the sidewalk, chances are fido can’t either. Use common sense folks!

77 anon ph September 28, 2010 at 5:52 PM

I hope it wasn’t a Golden Retriever.

Horrible story. If I came home from the store with my best friend dead, I don’t think my wife would ever, ever forgive me, and I would never forgive myself.

78 Leigh September 28, 2010 at 6:10 PM

Drvrdadca – I don’t know what you’re talking about, I didn’t have to log in to watch anything, I clicked on the link and immediatly saw some poor animal get hit in the head. – so relax a bit -

79 juju September 28, 2010 at 6:17 PM

THIS GUY SHOULD BE LOCKED UP. WHO DOES THIS??? SOME KIND OF IDIOT. THAT DOG SUFFERED HOPE YOU DON’T GET ANY MORE ANIMAL. ANIMAL CONTROL SHOULD MAKE SURE THIS IDIOT NEVER GETS ANOTHER DOG AND FINE THIS A HOLE. I FEEL SICK THIS DOG SUFFERED AND THAT’S A DAM SHAME NO ANIMAL SHOULD SUFFER THEY LOOK TOUS FOR EVERYTHING AND LOVE US NO MATTER WHAT WE DO TO THEM I WISH THAT GUY WAS LOCKED IN THE CAR INSTEAD OF THE DOG. DIDN’T YOUR CAR HAVE WINDOWS??? I HOPE YOU GO TO HELL.

80 MisterWriter September 28, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Thank God this was not a parent! I mean really – it takes no brains to figure out that heat and closed vehicle equals an oven. I do truly enjoy the sympathy that has been expressed, however I point out that your sad overtures would not be extended had that been a child. This is stupidly a common event. If YOU would not sit in your car unventilated for 10 minutes why would you subject any living thing to do so? And then mourn the loss? I regret I have no sympathy. Stupidity is an art form.

81 Kay September 28, 2010 at 6:55 PM

Insuranceman,

“He is only human. It was a tragic mistake. Your friend will always love you.”
Are you KIDDING ME? Being human is not an excuse for animal cruelty and neglect. No matter how much he supposedly loved his pet, he would have THOUGHT to leave the windows down, or leave the car on, or leave the pet tied up outside the store. If this happened to a child, would he have “just been human?” What a moron. If this pet was your best friend you would have thought things through, and arranged to make sure it would be okay. Just because you confess and try to make it sound like a lesson to others, it doesn’t make it okay. If I had seen that I would have called the police or broken your windows and have your pet moved to a more loving caring home that thinks about the welfare of their animals. And how don’t you realize it wasn’t so hot outside? This is the hottest it has been in MONTHS. And acting sympathetic DOES NOT make it less of an issue. Sick people like you don’t deserve to have pets, or children. This is unbelievable

82 Atticus Thraxx September 28, 2010 at 6:58 PM

Guy obviously feels terrible. I’d pile on with the rest of ya in righteous indignation, but seems kinda pointless. He loved his dog, he’ll beat himself up harder then all of you ever could in 80 posts.

83 Antler September 28, 2010 at 7:29 PM

In 70º temperature, a car parked in the sun heats up to 90º in only 10 minutes, even if the windows are cracked open about 6″. If the temperature is in the 90’s, then it does not matter that the car is in the shade because a dog only feels ambient temperature. A dog cannot perspire through its skin the way humans do; that is not because the dog has fur, but because they simply do not have sweat glands in their skin. A dog perspires very slightly through its paw pads, and of course they perspire by panting. The panting itself causes its blood pressure to rise, making the dog move toward heat prostration even faster.

Since there is no moisture from perspiration on the dog’s skin, that means that the dog is not being cooled by the breeze coming in through the vehicle windows the way a human would be. Therefore, breaking a vehicle window is only a small step toward saving a dog’s life once it is in extreme distress. One should get the dog out of the vehicle, pour cool water…cola, whatever you can find… over its head (and let it stand in the water) so that the coolness will start bringing down its body temperature. It will drink if it can; DO NOT pour water down a non-responsive dog’s throat. If it will lap water, then offer it something sweet like a cookie if you have one handy. Put the cookie on the ground; do NOT hold it in your hand or fingers. Call Animal Control or non-emergency police number (or dial 411 and let them connect you). Tell them what the situation is and ask them to come be with you when the owner appears on the scene. Take down the vehicle license number and ask any witnesses if they will give you their contact information. Ask others to run into adjacent stores and get announcements made. Unfortunately, many dog owners become defensive and hostile under these circumstances. You can make a citizen’s arrest, but learn the right words to say so it will be legal; I believe the charge would be “cruelty to animals”, but I am not positive about that. If their dog is alive, the owners still may very well claim you did not need to do anything…..that they were “right there in the store” or “coming back in just a minute”. [The two times I watched as someone saved a collapsed dog by breaking into the vehicle, one dog owner started a fight. And the other time, the dog owner jumped in his car and drove off WITHOUT HIS DOG. Both incidences happened in El Monte Shopping Center many years ago.]

The man who wrote Mr. Mayor did not intentionally kill his beloved dog; he will live with the grief and remorse for the rest of his life. He accepted the blame in his first message He did not ask for anyone’s pity. He did take time to warn the rest of us. Probably a lot of you did not know that dogs lack sweat glands in their skin, any more than the grieving dog owner knew.

84 ACC September 28, 2010 at 7:46 PM

Well, everybody did a good job in giving this idiot what for.

85 Miss Diagnosis September 28, 2010 at 8:57 PM

OMG, isnt this like, common knowledge? Has this person been living under a rock?

86 wendell September 28, 2010 at 9:17 PM

I agree with Whatever #3, the letter author immediately switches to preaching. Doubt this particular story is legitimate. Sounds more like someone on a soapbox.

87 Pam September 28, 2010 at 9:24 PM

Bless this man and his dog. it was a tragic mistake and he is thoughtful enough in his grief to want to remind others of the dangers of this heat. It’s horribly upsetting and a good reminder to all of us.

88 SSQ September 28, 2010 at 9:39 PM

This must have been a terrible admission on the writers part everyone.

But good for you for doing it. I’ve loss a few pets in my life time and it is heart breaking. My only advice is don’t get another pet for a while. You might want to get one on the rebound of the loss, but just wait. I learned this lesson once and got a pet, I was not happy. Hang in there….

89 Nom de Plume September 29, 2010 at 1:16 AM

That is so sad, tragic and stupid. At least the dog owner is warning others.

I always thought police responded to calls about animals left in cars on hot days. However, my calls have only elicited arguments from police dispatchers about whether the animal was truly in distress, belief that the owner would be back soon and that it wasn’t all that hot (temps were in the 90s). They would not respond so I stayed by the cars, let the owners know what I thought of their actions and that the police had been called.

I will continue to call the police about animals in cars on hot days but won’t hold my breath that they will respond.

90 John September 29, 2010 at 10:06 AM

I have no sympathy for people that think they have to bring their dogs everywhere and leave them in the car while the owner goes and does his own thing.

91 Anon September 29, 2010 at 12:57 PM

My wife and I were going to the ATT store by Kohls just Sunday and there was a small dog barking in a car outside Rubio’s. She went in and yelled to the crowd about the dog and the dog owners sheepishly said it was theirs, but still had a minute or 2 before their “to go” order was ready. My wife threaten to call the police (still in front of a crowd), at which point they left the restaurant. I couldn’t believe that after being called out on it, they still wouldn’t act immediately. Those people should not own pets. Or have kids.

92 Leigh September 29, 2010 at 3:28 PM

So the last two posts raise a question for me….say I see a dog in a car in distress and break a window to get him out….am I in trouble for breaking the window?

93 The Mamba September 30, 2010 at 8:52 AM

Dear dog killer,

You make me sick and are a disgrace to dog owners everywhere. I’m not sure how you can live with yourself, but good luck trying.

94 Lisa October 2, 2010 at 3:39 AM

To “anounmous” who says that it is not human nature to post something on a blog like leaving their dog in the car to die?? That just goes to show you that YOU are not one to admit your mistakes. Some people have a conscious and will bare the ugly feedback from people like you who act like they make no mistakes. It was an important reminder and we are all human and make stupid mistakes that we can not take back every day. Stupid, Yes. But reminding everyone of the danger, smart, Yes!

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