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Don’t leave the dogs in the car

By johnboy 19 December 2013 24

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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batmantrilogy 8:51 pm 04 Nov 15

donot leave them at all because when you come back it is going to mess mess mess :p

IrishPete 9:11 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.

IP

BenMac 4:53 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.

Felix the Cat 2:59 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.

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