If you see an animal locked in a car, and you are afraid the animal will die, call the police and ask for assistance.

Death Trap

Don't leave your dog or cat in a parked car when it's hot outside -- not even for a short trip to the supermarket! The build-up of heat inside your car can kill your pet very quickly. Even if you leave your windows cracked a bit, your dog or cat can die of heat prostration within a short time. With only hot air to breathe, your pet can die, or suffer brain damage -- in a short time. The temperature of your car can reach over 160 degrees F on a hot day.

Shaded areas, open windows, and air conditioned cars with the motors off don't work.


A dog's normal body temperature is 101.5 to 102.2 degrees Fahrenheit. A dog can withstand a body temperature of 107-108 degrees Fahrenheit for only a very short time before suffering irreparable brain damage -- or even death. The closed car interferes with the dog's normal cooling process, that is, evaporation through panting. If your dog is overcome by heat exhaustion, you can give immediate first aid by immersing him or her in cold water until body temperature is lowered.

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(Information gathered from the Humane Society of the U.S.)

This page is dedicated in loving memory to Trixie, who died of heat exhaustion.