A rising danger to pets
Most dogs like to ride in cars. Many people like taking their dogs along for rides in cars.
But leaving a dog in a car during warm weather puts the pet in serious danger.
And in the case of an 18-year-old woman who left her dog in a car in Myrtle Beach on Wednesday, that risky practice got her a ticket from the city police for mistreatment or abandonment of an animal.
According to the police report, officers found the dog on the floor board of a locked car, with windows opened only about two inches, shortly after 1 p.m. The temperature outside at that point was 84 degrees.
The temperature inside that car was at least 110 degrees.
The officers said they put the evidently suffering dog in their patrol car in front of a running air conditioner for 15 minutes before its owner returned to the car.
As veterinarians have long warned, dogs — and cats — lack humans’ capacity to perspire. They lose heat via panting.
They also all too often lose their lives because folks recklessly leave them in mortal jeopardy in cars, which don’t take long to get considerably warmer when parked.
If you doubt that, try sitting in a parked car yourself for even just a few minutes on a warm Lowcountry day.
And while that risk to animals isn’t limited to hot weather, it’s now becoming particularly acute with summer approaching.
So remember to save your beloved pet by saving yourself a fine — and a dose of devastating guilt.