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Old 06-30-2012, 12:59 PM
 
Location: zone 5
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By coincidence (well, maybe not such a coincidence considering the weather in most of the US) someone just put this link on Facebook. Scroll down and there's a chart of how the temperature rises over various periods of time.

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Old 06-30-2012, 01:08 PM
 
Location: West Virginia
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I am Not saying she shouldnt have broke the window I AM saying she had 40 mins to do it in while waiting for the police! Even if she couldnt find the owner she could got help!
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Old 07-02-2012, 03:09 PM
 
Location: On the corner of Grey Street
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I would never leave Max in the hot car for even a few minutes. The other day I took him to the vet and I had to run an errand on the way back. I took him home first. Anyone who leaves a dog in a car in the heat should get a hefty fine.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:04 PM
 
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I wouldn't leave my dog in a car, either, but I do think some people overreact.

Some random lady,who happened to be walking down the sidewalk in front of my house, freaked out on me the other day for "leaving" my dog "in a hot car." I was on my way to my parents' house and had about twelve loads of stuff to put in my car. I fully loaded my car, went back inside to get my dog, put her in the car, and then realized that I hadn't turned off my hallway light. I left the driver's door open, went back up to my front door, which is about 15 feet from where my car was sitting, unlocked the door, reached inside to turn off the light, and relocked the door. My dog was "left" in the car for less than one minute while I took care of that task. Yet, the woman walking down the sidewalk completely freaked out on me for leaving my dog. She was lecturing me about how dogs die in hot cars and how I was breaking the law to do what I did. I shut her up by pointing out that her lecture meant my dog was in the car unattended even longer.

I still think the woman overreacted. Should I have taken my dog out of the car completely? Probably. Was she likely FINE for the 30-45 seconds I ws "gone"? YES!
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:25 PM
 
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This story made me angry that someone could be this friggin stupid. I couldn't have lasted 4 minutes in a car today with the windows cracked, much less 40. Idiot owner!
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:42 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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All I can say is, I'm glad I live in Northern California.

When I lived in San Francisco (first 4 years of Rudy's life), temperatures were rarely if ever a concern - especially not in the summer, as that's often the coolest & foggiest time of year. It's a bit warmer where I live now, but still only gets HOT for maybe a month altogether... and I simply use common sense with the dog, as it's usually obvious when temps are too high for him.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:44 AM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Oh, but yes I would smash a window if the dog was in obvious distress/danger.

I would NOT go around smashing windows in comfortable weather, just because the dog was unattended... that's ridiculous IMO.
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:20 PM
 
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Just last week I parked next to a small sedan with all four windows open about 3-4 inches each. Would this be enough I wondered, for the dog inside not to overheat? So I turned off my mini van, opened the back vents - which only open a few inches; opened the two front windows about four inches....and sat there. I made it just over five minutes and couldn't take it. Not sure if the sedan had it better with more air thru the back windows than what my van had...sort of hard to compare the two. So I wrote a note, put it on the windshield & stated my concerns. I wrote that I was headed into store to ask them to page owner. Out comes a young girl before anyone was called, and she said I over-reacted. Did I?
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Old 07-07-2012, 01:55 PM
 
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This is one of the primary reasons I have an auto-start system in the car. For example, I had to take one of the cats to the vet the other day and her prescription had to filled at the pharmacy. With the auto-start I could leave the car running but take the keys, so over heating wasn't a concern. I still would never leave them for more than a few minutes at a time.
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Old 07-07-2012, 06:22 PM
 
Location: North Western NJ
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no you didnt overreact...infact you could have called the police as it IS illegal in every state i know of to leave pets in the car like that...
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