Kevin: You just have to run in for a moment. Surely your kids and/or pets will be okay if you leave them locked in your car with the windows rolled down a little bit, won’t they?
After all, it’s only 90 degrees outside and that’s not that hot is it?
How long do you think you could stay in a car in those conditions? 10 minutes? 20 minutes? How about an NFL player in peak condition?
Here are PETA’s tips on what to do when you see a pet locked in a hot car:
- Quickly take down the car’s information, like license plate number, make and model and have the owner paged in the nearest buildings.
- Call local humane societies or police immediately; don’t hesitate to call 911 if animal is in distress.
- Don’t leave scene until situation is resolved.
- If you can’t find the owner, the authorities are unresponsive or too slow, and the dog’s life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness ( or several ) that will back up your assessment, and take steps to remove the suffering animal from the vehicle.
- Wait for authorities to arrive.