Whether it’s after the dog park, while running errands, or on a long road trip, dogs are left in the car everyday. Leaving your dog unattended for any amount of time can be dangerous—even deadly.
It doesn’t even have to be that hot for the temperature inside the car to reach dangerous levels for your pooch—even at a comfortable 72° outside, your car will reach 106° in 30 minutes.
And when it is hot outside, the temperature inside the car hits potentially deadly levels within minutes—even with the windows cracked. Your car is essentially an oven, and your dog is inside. Dr. Ernie Ward demonstrated how excruciating it is for a human, and that’s without a fur coat!
Dogs can die from heat stroke in as little as 15 minutes of exposure to very hot temperatures. That’s because dogs pant to release heat and only sweat minimally through their paws—not enough to keep their internal body temp regulated in triple-digit temperatures.
Only 28 states have laws on the books limiting or banning leaving your dog in the car. These states include:
- New Hampshire
- New Jersey
- North Carolina
- North Dakota
- Rhode Island
- South Dakota
- West Virginia
Petplan pet insurance wants every state to adopt laws preventing leaving dogs in cars, so they’ve launched an initiative called “Driven to Bark” through We the People, the White House’s online petition site.
Driven to Bark needs your support. The petition will be reviewed by White House staff if 100,000 signatures are gathered in 30 days. Signing the petition is very easy: just enter your full name, email address and then confirm your email address with a quick click inside the body of an email from We the People.
Please sign the petition and share this cause on Twitter or Facebook using the hashtag #DrivenToBark.