It only takes 6 minutes for a dog to die in a hot car.
Heatstroke is a real issue that affects every dog. While people can also suffer heatstroke, the risk is much greater for dogs as they only perspire around their paws and nose (which is not sufficient alone to cool their body). The most effective means for a dog to expel excess heat is panting, which moves cool air through the nasal passages and around the body. If a dog doesn’t have access to cool air – either because of high outside temperatures or a confined environment – they are at risk of overheating.
The RSPCA have initiated the Just Six Minutes campaign that asks us all to make a pledge to never leave our dog in a vehicle alone even if the windows are down or you’re parked in the shade.
The penalties are not taken lightly. Causing animals to suffer in any way is a criminal offence. If a dog suffers as a result of being left in a car, the person responsible may be fined $5,500 and can spend six months in jail. Likewise, if a dog dies as a result of being left in a car, charges include $22,500 in fines and two years in jail.
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