Calls About Pets Left in Vehicles Rise - SLIDE SHOW

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

Valdosta, Georgia - June 20,2011

The Lowndes County Animal Shelter reports increased calls about pets left in vehicles.

They say in just 20 minutes, temperatures can climb to more than 105 degrees even with the windows down.

"We're getting calls about their dogs being left and it's just too hot for them to be in there," says Linda Patelski, the director of the Lowndes County Animal Shelter. "We have the right to break your window if it is too hot and we believe the animal is in danger."

Authorities say older, smaller and heavier dogs have a harder time breathing in extreme heat.

Citizens caught leaving their pets in cars could face animal cruelty charges.

The dog pictured in the video and slide show is named Courage. He's a nine-year-old Dachshund, who needs a home. Courage gets along well with other pets.

For more information, call the Lowndes County Animal Shelter at (229) 671-2760.

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Valdosta, Georgia - June 20, 2011 -

The Lowndes County Animal Shelter is responding to increased calls of pets left in vehicles. Officials say even leaving your furry friend in the car with the windows down is much too hot for them. Animals can easily overheat as vehicle temperatures rise to over 100 degrees in just 20 minutes.

We'll have more details this evening on Eyewitness News.


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  • by j Location: Tallahassee on Jun 21, 2011 at 07:27 AM
    If you have the right to break a window then you have the right to replace it. What's the difference in temperature between a vehicle with the windows rolled down and the animal being outside? Nothing. I personally do not ride around in a vehicle with an animal, but I would like to believe that I would be able to if I would like. I don't know too many people that would leave their vehicle running because they would be worried about it getting stolen.
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      by Serenity on Jun 21, 2011 at 08:47 AM in reply to j
      If they're too worried to leave the car running, then they shouldn't bring their animals along in the first place.
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        by T on Jun 21, 2011 at 10:08 AM in reply to Serenity
        Agreed! If they must be with you in the Spring/Summer/Fall, as i understand, sometimes they are with you, I love to take my bulldog everywhere because he is my 'child', but sometimes he needs to stay at home if i have to go somewhere. ...but, if they have to be with you, take an extra set of keys, leave the car and AC running and lock up with the extra set. Not a big deal! If you do not know how to properly take care of a pet, then you should not be responsible for their life!!!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 21, 2011 at 09:44 AM in reply to j
      This is not about people riding around with their pet in the car. This is about leaving the pet in the car with no ventilation and the windows up.
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        by j on Jun 21, 2011 at 12:55 PM in reply to
        The story mentioned leaving pets in vehicles with the windows down as well. I could understand people getting really upset about leaving a kid in the car, but if it is a pet then it's their pet. Leave them alone about it. Animals can get a heatstroke without being in a car. I wonder how many people would break a window for a pit bull.
  • by animal luver Location: ga on Jun 20, 2011 at 10:34 PM
    i take a rest sometimes when traveling. you can cool your car down with the air turn the air off and in 5 minutes you cant stand it. what are people thinking when they leave children and animals in the car in the hot sun?
  • by Ole Hickory Location: Marietta, Georgia on Jun 20, 2011 at 07:17 PM
    I once was at Tallahassee Mall behind Gayfers, and witnessed a young woman enter, leaving a big dog in the car. After about 15 minutes the dog was clawing the top of his head. Trying to get rid-of the heat. It was 101 degrees. I went into Gayfers and went to the loss prevention office and told them what I had witnessed. The woman was in the store, getting a 'do. The loss prevention leader opened the locked auto with a slimjim type device. The dog was saved, and the perp schooled. I hope she does not have children.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2011 at 05:12 PM
    Leave your kids or dogs in a hot car for me to see and I can assure you, you'll find yourself with a broken window when you come back!
  • by susan Location: live oak on Jun 20, 2011 at 03:55 PM
    Last Thursday there was a dog left in a red pick-up at walmart the truck wasn't running windows just very little down the dog was in there about 15mins I understand pets are a part of the family BUT IT'S VERY HOT IN A CAR SO JUST LEAVE THEM AT HOME!!!!!!!
  • by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2011 at 03:05 PM
    I thought it was against the law to leave an animal in a vehicle (in the State of Florida) for any length of time.
  • by just do it on Jun 20, 2011 at 02:32 PM
    The smart thing to do is to leave the pet at home. This heat is brutal.
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      by Brutal Capital City, Fl. on Jun 20, 2011 at 03:35 PM in reply to just do it
      Not needed. A person that would do this to an animal, would do it to a human child. Kill all of the 'would be pet owners' that do this sort!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 20, 2011 at 05:02 PM in reply to just do it
      There you go again, thinking like a sane person. Don't push your sane ideas onto other people. Otherwise we would have people to laugh at.
  • by Elaine Location: Tallahassee on Jun 20, 2011 at 02:19 PM
    I saw a medium sized dog in a car at noon today at New Leaf. I waited 15 minutes in the parking lot just to make sure the owner came out before the dog seemed to be overheating. I assumed the person would be out before the police could get there.
  • by Kelly Location: Lake City on Jun 20, 2011 at 12:56 PM
    I saw a dog in a truck with the windows rolled up and the truck WAS NOT running, so I called the police, and would do it again!!!Stupid People.
  • by Stunned Location: Leon County on Jun 20, 2011 at 12:32 PM
    Anyone who would leave an animal in a car in these temperatures should be subjected to the same treatment. They used to have metal sweatboxes at prisons to punish prisoners who misbehaved. They'd put them in there for a day without water. We're supposed to be the superior species, but some people give no thought whatsoever to leaving an animal in a car with the windows rolled almost all the way up in 100 degree heat. "Just a few minutes" can turn into an hour or more when shopping. Pets are like children and depend on us to take care of them. People need to use their brains for more than picking out this week's lottery numbers!
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