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post #1 of 13
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This just infuriates me! I go over to the local gourmet and produce store just to run in and get a couple of things, pull in next to this car and what do I see... a mixed breed, medium sized dog left in there with just one window open about 3/4 of an inch. It's not really too hot here today, but the car can become a hot box quickly in the sun, in a parking lot.

I approached and the dog curled his lips and snarled at me. When I came back out 15 min later.. that car was still there.

A manager happened to be outside and I went over and pointed it out to him, he promised to keep an eye on the dog and do something if it was there too long. I was soooo close to calling the police.

I don't think it's illegal to do with with animals around here... but I know it is with children. We've had kids die.

Nobody here does that.... riiiiiiight???????!!!!!!!!

What is with people? Leave the dog home.

-End of Rant -
post #2 of 13
OMG, that makes me so mad. It astounds me that people even do that.. DON'T BRING THE DOG IF YOU ARE LEAVING THE VEHICLE WITHOUT THE DOG. Simple.
post #3 of 13
I take my pom Roxie for rides with me often, but usually if I'm going to Petsmart or a place she can go in. Sometimes I make another stop or two on the way home, but only if its quick and she's alone in my car for a few minutes. I don't think that's a big deal, but I do think it's pretty stupid to take a dog and leave them in the car while you go into a nice restaurant and won't be out for a while or something like that.
post #4 of 13
I took Izzy with me yesterday. Took her to 2 pet stores. Had to return some clothes to Kohls. Car was left running with A/C, I was literally gone 2 minutes. (I timed myself)

No more than that. If I have to run to the bank & take the dogs, I go to the drive-through as it takes more than 2 minutes going inside. Won't leave them that long.
post #5 of 13
I think it's only fair that if the owner has to leave the dog, they should leave at least 2 windows open so that the dog gets enough air. Me and my mom went to a shop earlier and an Howdy TT's alarm was going off, and as we walked past it a HUGE doberman/rottie was barking his head off inside, and he had just enough space to fit his nose out of the window. It wasn't really hot though- it was freezing! But I do think this is wrong and people should get punished.
post #6 of 13
I hate it when people leave their animals in the cars, especially when it is so hot! It makes me want to rip the car doors open and let the poor animal out of there!
post #7 of 13
Here, if a dog is left in the car without the A/C on, you can call the police and they will come. Ive seen it on the news. I cannot remember if they give a citation and what the charge would be, maybe animal neglect.

I, too, cannot stand to see an animal in the car without the A/C on. Windows open (even 2 windows) is just too dangerous for animal haters to throw something into the car that could harm an animal.

My dog has separation anxiety from his previous life before us and I do not like to leave him alone, at all. He goes to daycare during the day and is with his Dad until they came home for the day.

When we go anywhere, he is always with us, we never leave him home by himself, ever. We do take him into many stores with us, even places like Dillards, but he is a very calm and quiet dog.

Jim always tells people he is a seeing eye dog and most people just say "ok" and let him stay. I try to stay away from them both inside places because Jim will let him do things like lay all over the furniture in Macys.

Except of course restaurants and then he stays inside the car with the car running, which also scares me because of someone stealing a car. I make sure we sit by a window with Snowball near the window or we dont stay and eat.
post #8 of 13
We had someone come into our restaurant and tell us that there was a dog in a car that was foaming at the mouth and laying in a car. So I proceeded to announce to the WHOLE store that someones dog that was left in their car needed some water and assistance right away. The owner was less then happy about it and mumbled about him having water but I gave him more COLD water for the dog and the rest of the family slunk out of the restaurant quietly. What a jerk. Poor dog, see if I have known about the foaming thing, I just would've called the police instead. That's animal cruelty in my book.
post #9 of 13
I do But I don't do it on a day that you need the AC on. And I only leave him in the car if I'm only going to be gone for a few minutes. We live in a small town so it only takes a few minutes to get milk and walk out the door.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by white cat lover View Post
I took Izzy with me yesterday. Took her to 2 pet stores. Had to return some clothes to Kohls. Car was left running with A/C, I was literally gone 2 minutes. (I timed myself)

No more than that. If I have to run to the bank & take the dogs, I go to the drive-through as it takes more than 2 minutes going inside. Won't leave them that long.
I take Jake with me to alot of places. But I don't leave him at all without the A/C on.
When he does go with me it's usually at night and I leave both of the windows down. Most people see him and think he's a Pit anyways and don't go near the car (He's a Vizsla )
post #11 of 13
I do, and I time myself - 3 minutes max. I can't always take the dog into another person's house with me. I think about where I'm going and how long I'll be so that I don't have to leave a dog too long.
I have 2 window barriers that you slot into the window so you can keep it half open for air without the dog getting out.
It's only a real problem here in the humid days of summer when it gets stinking hot and the dogs just can't cope. It's amazing how quickly a car can heat up, and people don't realise that dogs can't regulate their body temperature as well as humans.
post #12 of 13
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Originally Posted by AddieBee View Post
I don't think it's illegal to do with with animals around here... but I know it is with children. We've had kids die.
Nobody here does that.... riiiiiiight???????!!!!!!!!
.... don´t left dogs in the car...
post #13 of 13
Last week, someone left their dog in their car as they came into our store, a fabric store mind you. Now, this is not a quick-mart type place... you spend a fair chunk of time shopping here. The quickest I've seen someone shop here is five minutes, and that was from the time they walked in, went to the notions wall, grabbed the sewing needles they needed, and came back and checked out.

WEll, someone left their dog in their car, in a hot car on a reasonable warm day. Another shopper saw this, came inside and stopped at our information booth... the lady in there proceeded to announce over the loudspeaker, "WHomever owns the (make and model) car with the license plate XXX XXX with the dog overheating inside, please go take care of your dog."

I didn't see anyone leaving in a hurry with a sheepish look on their faces, but I would hope they were pretty darned embarrassed.

When I moved from CHicago to here two years ago, I made the conscientious effort of not leaving the cats in the big black van during the day. I did drive-throughs, took showers at the campsites at night, not in the morning, stayed with them, preferably keeping the van moving when it was warm out. JoJo had one day where she got overheated... add stress to that and she wasn't a happy kitty... we were passing through Minneapolis. That old van didn't have A/C. The windows were my A/C.

I don't know what they'd do around here about pets in hot cars... I should ask next week when I head to the shelter for my volunteer time.

Amanda
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