Montgomery Humane Society warns against leaving pets in hot cars

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WSFA) – For many people, pets are like family and you don’t want to lose them. That’s why the Montgomery Humane Society warns against leaving pets in hot cars.

“I can’t tell you how many times we’ve pulled dead dogs out of cars due to overheating,” executive director Steven Tears said. “They shut down that engine and the heat is starting to rise.”

Even a few minutes can be too much.

“We love our dogs, but sometimes the best thing for them is to leave them at home,” Tears said.

It’s not just the cars. With this intense heat wave, it can still be dangerous to leave your pets outside for too long.

The shelter wants owners to bring their cats and dogs inside during peak hours of the day.

“Let them spend the day in the crate,” he said. “When you come home, when the sun has settled on the trees, let them out.”

There are also precautions to take before putting on a leash and going for a walk. You will want to make sure your dog is well hydrated by providing plenty of water.

Before walking, owners can touch the pavement with their hand to ensure that it is not too hot for a pet’s paw.

“There’s this old joke about you can fry an egg there,” Tears added. “We don’t allow dogs here to go out on asphalt, road or concrete.”

Instead, stay on the grass if you must go out. It’s simply the best for your pet.

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