How Hot is it in Your Car?

Minnesota Statute states that leaving pets unattended in cars can result in petty misdemeanor and fine to neglient owners.

How are hot cars death traps for your pet?

  • Dogs can only cool off by panting and through their paw pads, this makes them extremely vulnerable to heat-related illness.
  • A dog's normal body temperature is between 99.5 - 102.5*F and a cat's 100.0 - 102.5*F. Your pet can only withstand a high body temperature for a short while before suffering from nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage, and even death!
  • An enclosed car can be deadly, even on the mildest of days. When the temperature is 72*F outside the inside of your car can reach 116*F within 1 hour! When the temperature is 80*F outside the inside of your car can rise to 99*F in 10 minutes and 109*F in 20 minutes!
  • Even if you crack open your windows, studies show this will have little to no effect on your car's internal temperature.
  • Hundreds of animals each summer suffer and die because of owners not using common sense.

How can you tell if your pet is suffering from a heat-related illness?

  • Excessive panting 
  • Excessive drooling
  • Increased heart rate
  • Trouble breathing
  • Disorientation
  • Collapse or loss of consciousness
  • Seizure
  • Respiratory arrest

Three steps you should take if you see a pet in a hot car.

  • If pet appears distressed call the police, local animal control agency, or 911 immediately!
  • Leave your name and phone number with the responding officer in case they need any further information later.
  • Go inside the closest stores and ask their manager to make an annoucement seeking the pet's owner.

Please protect your pets by never leaving inside a car.