Neutering Humans Who Leave Pets In The Car

Posted: August 17, 2010 in Animal Cruelty, In the News
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Temperatures are rising, Celsius and Fahrenheit, all over the world at the moment (at least in the northern hemisphere anyway), but it’s not just humans suffering in the heat. Thousands of animals are injured or killed every year when their asshole humans leave them to die inside a parked vehicle. Unfortunately reports like these blanket the news every summer.

In The News

  • In Florida, a small poodle mix died when left in a parked car for more than 2 hours. The car’s registered temperature was 115˚F degrees – the maximum on the thermometer.
  • A Maltese dog died in New York after being left inside a van where police said temperatures reached 140˚F degrees. The human pleaded ignorance, saying he didn’t know leaving the animal in the car could be fatal.
  • An Austin, Texas man left his dog in a hot car while he shopped at an electronics store, killing his 2-year-old Weimaraner named Stedman. The dog had suffered from severe heat stroke, seizures, vomiting, intestinal damage and broken blood vessels. The dog had to be euthanized.

"Clearly humiliation means nothing to you people, so I suppose you're gonna leave me in the car too?" (

Why Is This Still Happening?

Are humans really so needy that they always HAVE TO have their pet with them in the car? Are humans really that ignorant to think ‘just a few minutes’ is not enough to hurt their beloved pet? Are humans so unbelievably selfish that they’d leave their own child, wearing a fur coat, alone in a parked car with just a small cracked window for air? It may be hard to believe that facts and common sense still escape some people, so let’s do a quick review.

Myth Vs. Fact

  • Myth: It’s just a few minutes. They’ll be fine.
  • Fact: Don’t fool yourself into thinking ‘just a few minutes’ isn’t gonna hurt. Dogs don’t have sweat glands all over their bodies like humans do, so the main way they can cool off is by panting, which isn’t very efficient. Once a dog’s body temperature gets over about 106˚F — normal temperature is around 101˚F – your pet can succumb to heat stroke, suffocation, brain damage and even death in a matter of minutes. It may be convenient for you, but is it really worth the risk?
  • Myth: But I really do love my pet!
  • Fact: Really? If your “friend” locked you in a hot car for just 5 minutes, knowing there was even a slim chance it could kill you, is that love?

Rolling down a window or parking in the shade does not guarantee your pet's protection. (

So You Still Wanna Be An A-Hole?

Still don’t think it gets that hot in the car or ‘just a few minutes’ isn’t that big a deal? Try this: On a sunny day, park your car, turn it off, crack a window a few inches and sit there. After a few minutes when it becomes unbearable, imagine how your helpless pet must feel. And if following that, you still have no reservations about leaving your pet in a parked car, please feel free to stay there a little longer until there’s one less asshole left in the world.

The Bottomline

Learn how to properly care for your pet or give it up for adoption. Some are willing to invest the time, energy and money (*gasp*) necessary for pet care, while others can’t even be trusted to handle the obligation of a pet rock. This is why humans who leave their pets in a parked vehicle should not only have their pets taken away, but – due to a clear lack of common sense and responsibility – they should not be allowed to breed either.

What To Do If You Spot A Pet In Some A-Hole’s Vehicle

If you find an animal unattended in a car on a hot day, your quick actions could save a life! First, note the make, model, color and license plate of the car and attempt to contact the owner by having them paged at a nearby business. If unsuccessful or if the animal is clearly in distress, immediately call the police and/or your local humane society. Owners can be punished under anti cruelty statutes or laws that specifically forbid leaving an animal unattended in a parked vehicle. In some cases they can even be charged with a felony. See and for more details on the law.

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  1. cala4lily says:

    Wonderful post, more people need to read and learn. When I lived in Florida, I went into the pet store, as I came out I saw a dog in a parked car with all the windows rolled up! In south Florida, in the summer! I went back into the pet store to get help and people where so horrified, a crowd gathered, police were called, no one could find the owner of the car. Eventually, the cops bashed the windows to let the poor animal out who you could see was frantic for air and water! The poor thing, luckily, was fine. The owner finally returned to see what all the fuss was about and was PISSED that her car windows were broken! She wanted to sue the police, yelling at all the bystanders, it was insane. The cops took her into custody and I heard she was charged with cruelty, lost all her pets (she had two other dogs apparently) and had to pay a hefty fine. I doubt she learned her lesson.

    • natinanorton says:

      Thanks for the feedback and good on ya for taking action! I hope she was placed on a do not adopt list as well.

      Unfortunately, on researching this topic, I came across quite a few stories like that. The owners seem to be more concerned about being told they’re doing something wrong or about damage to their car than the welfare of the animals. There was even one article I read from Florida where the offender tried to claim her dog grew up in Florida and was “used to” the heat. Some people are just too stupid.


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