Leaving pet in vehicle can be dangerous, deadly

By By Natalie Stewart / American Press

During the summer months, leaving a pet in a vehicle for just 30 minutes could be deadly, according to a Sulphur Animal Control


Harry Carruth, animal control supervisor, said he gets several calls throughout the year about pets being left in vehicles,

but that the calls significantly increase during the summer.

“Most of the time it’s people leaving

their animals inside the car while they go into a store,” he said. “It’s

not so much

that we get them from little convenience stores where people are

running in and out, it’s people going into the bigger stores

and leaving their pets in the car.”

According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, on an 85-degree day, the temperature inside a

car can reach 102 degrees in just 10 minutes, even when windows are left cracked. In 30 minutes, the temperature can reach

about 120 degrees.

Carruth said that when he receives a call about an animal being left in a vehicle, animal control locates the vehicle and

then tries to find the owner.

“We have (the owner) come out and we talk to them and try to educate them to let them know that they really shouldn’t leave

their pet in the vehicle,” he said. “It’s cruelty to animals to leave a pet in a vehicle, especially when temperatures are


Leaving a pet in a vehicle is “no different than leaving a child in a car,” Carruth said.

“We want to bring this to the forefront

so people will pay attention,” he said. “We understand that people have

needs and

don’t think they will be in the store very long, but within 15 to

20 minutes the temperature in that vehicle has climbed several


According to the ASPCA, an overheated animal can be cooled down by soaking it in cool water.

To report animal cruelty call the Sulphur Animal Shelter at 527-4577 or law enforcement authorities.