Don’t leave the dogs in the car

By 19 December, 2013 23

TAMS are reminding you all that it’s too hot to leave dogs in the car, no matter how much they might enjoy the ride:

With the warm weather well and truly upon us, Domestic Animal Services (DAS) today reminded Canberrans to plan ahead and avoid leaving their dog in a parked car for any period of time.

“If you are planning a trip in the car with your best friend, please plan ahead. Leaving your dog in a parked car for even the shortest period of time could end in tragedy,” Deputy Registrar of Domestic Animal Services, Julie Angove, said today.

“Dogs can die from heat exhaustion and dehydration in a matter of minutes. As they have a coat, dogs only sweat through their paws, so can overheat very quickly. Even if you leave your car window open for your pet to receive fresh air, the heat inside a parked car could still seriously damage its health.

“If you are going out shopping, then plan ahead and leave your dog at home with plenty of shade and water.”

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23 Responses to Don’t leave the dogs in the car
#1
poetix11:39 am, 19 Dec 13

Babies, also.

Though you can’t leave them at home with plenty of shade and water.

#2
magiccar911:59 am, 19 Dec 13

poetix said :

Babies, also.

Though you can’t leave them at home with plenty of shade and water.

What!? You mean I should quickly run home and untie my children from the clothes line and look after them? When did these rules change?

Does the same also apply to elderly family members? If so, looks like I’ll need to take an extended lunch break today…

#3
Grrrr12:34 pm, 19 Dec 13

magiccar9 said :

What!? You mean I should quickly run home and untie my children from the clothes line and look after them? When did these rules change?

Does the same also apply to elderly family members? If so, looks like I’ll need to take an extended lunch break today…

But you can leave the babies with the elderly family members, because their ages average out.

#4
Watson12:35 pm, 19 Dec 13

I have seen posts on Facebook that claim that the temperature in a car parked in the shade will rise dramatically and could kill your dog in no time, even with the windows open. I struggle to get my head round the physics involved there. I would never leave my dog in the car in the sun, even with windows wide open. I’ll get her out and leave her in the shade in front of the IGA if I have no other options. But I do leave her in the car when in full shade when I duck into the supermarket at times.

I had my dog taken from in front of the IGA (or is it a Spar) in Ngunnawal a couple of months ago. She was returned 10 minutes later (pushed out of the car at the other end of the carpark) but I’m not game to leave her there unsupervised again.

And of course, according to the DAS rules, you are not allowed to tie your dog up outside the shops anyway. So if you really have to stop at the shops – to buy an emergency inhaler let’s say – and you happen to be on your own with a dog in the car, you’re stuffed.

#5
Pitchka1:10 pm, 19 Dec 13

I only just realised that the term “dog’s” wasn’t referring to a human (female)..

Its about animals… Ohhh…

#6
poetix1:50 pm, 19 Dec 13

Pitchka said :

I only just realised that the term “dog’s” wasn’t referring to a human (female)..

Its about animals… Ohhh…

The only amusing thing about this comment is trying to figure out Our Beloved Moderator’s reasons for approving it.

That and the bone-like apostrophe.

#7
goosepig2:09 pm, 19 Dec 13

poetix said :

Pitchka said :

I only just realised that the term “dog’s” wasn’t referring to a human (female)..

Its about animals… Ohhh…

The only amusing thing about this comment is trying to figure out Our Beloved Moderator’s reasons for approving it.

That and the bone-like apostrophe.

Agreed.

#8
maxblues2:36 pm, 19 Dec 13

Sometimes the dog is safer in the car, just ask Brian Griffin. Rumour has it that he his rising from the dead for a Christmas special (Easter stunt at Christmas? I guess it will only be a couple of weeks before Woolies has hot cross buns in store).

#9
Sandman5:10 pm, 19 Dec 13

poetix said :

Pitchka said :

I only just realised that the term “dog’s” wasn’t referring to a human (female)..

Its about animals… Ohhh…

The only amusing thing about this comment is trying to figure out Our Beloved Moderator’s reasons for approving it.

That and the bone-like apostrophe.

What about the fact that the poster obviously has such a low standard of female companionship that the line between lover and poop eating domestic pet is so close. That’s pretty funny.

#10
Evil_Kitten8:00 pm, 19 Dec 13

Watson said :

But I do leave her in the car when in full shade when I duck into the supermarket at times.

I have done this on occasion but it wasn’t anywhere near the current temperatures. More like a cool 10 degrees at 6pm at night. Then she carried on like a pork chop (because she’s small and needy) and so I had some lady stop at the car and complain to a trolley collector from the supermarket. I felt like the worst dog owner ever!

#11
ScienceRules8:09 pm, 19 Dec 13

Sandman said :

poetix said :

Pitchka said :

I only just realised that the term “dog’s” wasn’t referring to a human (female)..

Its about animals… Ohhh…

The only amusing thing about this comment is trying to figure out Our Beloved Moderator’s reasons for approving it.

That and the bone-like apostrophe.

What about the fact that the poster obviously has such a low standard of female companionship that the line between lover and poop eating domestic pet is so close. That’s pretty funny.

No, it’s not funny. The word you’re looking for is “odious”. And poetix, I have no problem with people self-identifying as mysogenistic pecker-heads in public, it’s fun to point and laugh…

#12
bigfeet8:18 pm, 19 Dec 13

If i saw a dog left in a car on a day like today I would have no hesitation in smashing the window with my tyre-iron and getting the dog out.

In fact I did that once in Cairns years ago and copped abuse from the owner, who also called the police on me. I calmly waited for the officers who took my details, said that in their opinion I had done the right thing, and that they would be in touch if they needed to. It’s well l over a decade later and they still haven’t called!

They seemed more interested in the dog owner than me.

#13
milkman8:31 pm, 19 Dec 13

Pitchka said :

I only just realised that the term “dog’s” wasn’t referring to a human (female)..

Its about animals… Ohhh…

You’re such a bitch.

#14
c_c™9:27 pm, 19 Dec 13

bigfeet said :

If i saw a dog left in a car on a day like today I would have no hesitation in smashing the window with my tyre-iron and getting the dog out.

In fact I did that once in Cairns years ago and copped abuse from the owner, who also called the police on me. I calmly waited for the officers who took my details, said that in their opinion I had done the right thing, and that they would be in touch if they needed to. It’s well l over a decade later and they still haven’t called!

They seemed more interested in the dog owner than me.

Glad to hear it, both your initiative and the Police response.

The downside of that initiative is the potential to get done for Wilful Damage under the Criminal Code, hence I’d probably have rung Police response first to get an okay in advance because that provides a specific defence in Qld, but honestly in the circumstances one should be able to rely on the Police making the right choice and doing the person actually endangering life.

#15
Pitchka8:41 am, 20 Dec 13

ScienceRules said :

Sandman said :

poetix said :

Pitchka said :

I only just realised that the term “dog’s” wasn’t referring to a human (female)..

Its about animals… Ohhh…

The only amusing thing about this comment is trying to figure out Our Beloved Moderator’s reasons for approving it.

That and the bone-like apostrophe.

What about the fact that the poster obviously has such a low standard of female companionship that the line between lover and poop eating domestic pet is so close. That’s pretty funny.

No, it’s not funny. The word you’re looking for is “odious”. And poetix, I have no problem with people self-identifying as mysogenistic pecker-heads in public, it’s fun to point and laugh…

In public? I thought this was the interwebz……

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DksSPZTZES0

#16
KB197110:19 am, 20 Dec 13

maxblues said :

Sometimes the dog is safer in the car, just ask Brian Griffin. Rumour has it that he his rising from the dead for a Christmas special (Easter stunt at Christmas? I guess it will only be a couple of weeks before Woolies has hot cross buns in store).

I always look forward to hot cross buns on Boxing Day………

#17
Gerry-Built7:23 am, 29 Dec 13

A friend posted on FB that she saw a toy poodle locked in a car outside CostCo, just yesterday… Anybody know the legalities of, say, smashing car windows for a dog? Are you legally covered under “Good Samaritan” legislation – or does that only apply to humans? I can’t imagine a trip in to CostCo was ever going to be “quick”…

#18
Comic_and_Gamer_Nerd10:32 am, 29 Dec 13

Gerry-Built said :

A friend posted on FB that she saw a toy poodle locked in a car outside CostCo, just yesterday… Anybody know the legalities of, say, smashing car windows for a dog? Are you legally covered under “Good Samaritan” legislation – or does that only apply to humans? I can’t imagine a trip in to CostCo was ever going to be “quick”…

Who cares about the legality of it? If you see a dog locked in a car in abve 30 degree heat then smash a window.

Disgusting pos’, it’s really basic, dogs will overheat and die in a car.

#19
BimboGeek11:09 am, 29 Dec 13

I suppose before breaking a window you could shout very loudly to see if the dog’s human is just paying for parking or saying goodbye to someone or posting a letter. If they went too far away to know what is happening with their car then they also can’t be sure the dog is ok.

#20
maxblues11:43 am, 29 Dec 13

BimboGeek said :

I suppose before breaking a window you could shout very loudly to see if the dog’s human is just paying for parking or saying goodbye to someone or posting a letter. If they went too far away to know what is happening with their car then they also can’t be sure the dog is ok.

Also…before breaking window, ensure it is not a toy toy poodle.

#21
Felix the Cat2:59 pm, 29 Dec 13

I can’t believe that some people need advice from TAMS and can’t work out for themselves that a parked car in the sun is too hot a place for a dog.

#22
BenMac4:53 pm, 29 Dec 13

Gerry-Built said :

A friend posted on FB that she saw a toy poodle locked in a car outside CostCo, just yesterday… Anybody know the legalities of, say, smashing car windows for a dog? Are you legally covered under “Good Samaritan” legislation – or does that only apply to humans? I can’t imagine a trip in to CostCo was ever going to be “quick”…

The Police may not summons you for property damage, but there’s nothing stopping the owner from taking you to civil court to pay for the window.

#23
IrishPete9:11 am, 30 Dec 13

BenMac said :

Gerry-Built said :

A friend posted on FB that she saw a toy poodle locked in a car outside CostCo, just yesterday… Anybody know the legalities of, say, smashing car windows for a dog? Are you legally covered under “Good Samaritan” legislation – or does that only apply to humans? I can’t imagine a trip in to CostCo was ever going to be “quick”…

The Police may not summons you for property damage, but there’s nothing stopping the owner from taking you to civil court to pay for the window.

When did “a friend posted on Facebook” become a reliable source of information? Especially when many people have hundreds of even thousands of “friends”. I hope at least someone left a small child with the dog to keep each other company.

An alternative approach I saw outside Woolies yesterday – child left in car with engine runnng and air conditioning on. Very trusting that someone isn’t going to steal both the car and the child. The child was old enough to get out themselves. Perhaps the doors were even locked. But still not the brightest approach, as an opportunistic car thief will just smash a window.

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