With the weather getting hotter, pets being left in cars is of the utmost concern. When it is 85 degrees out, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows left slightly open, can soar to 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and can reach 120 in just half an hour. A Stanford University test found that even if it is 72 degrees, the temperature can increase to 116 degrees in one hour even with the windows cracked open.
In California, it is unlawful to leave a companion animal unattended in a motor vehicle under conditions that could endanger the animalâ€™s health.
Hundreds of animals are unintentionally killed or injured each year when they have been left in hot cars. One cat in Wisconsin fortunately survived when he was left in a hot car in a hospital parking lot. A hospital employee saw a cat panting heavily and sitting underneath the passenger seat. Police came and tried to tap on the window to get the cat respond. They opened the car door and removed the weak cat. A local humane society is caring for the cat and said the cat is much better after drinking some water and cooling off. The shelter manager said that if no one had seen the cat and helped, he probably would have died from the intense heat. The police department has not been able to get in touch with the cat’s owner.