Friday, January 16, 2015

Just six minutes. That’s all it takes.

As New South Wales experiences hot summer heat, now is the time to make the pledge to never leave your mate behind. Every year, our Inspectors receive hundreds of calls to rescue dogs and other animals left in hot cars. Even if your car is parked in the shade, or the windows are left down, the temperature in your car can rise to dangerous levels and can rapidly reach more than double the outside temperature even on mild days.

Spot the signs of heat stress
Animals suffering from heat stress may pant, drool and become restless. In just minutes, they can become weak and the colour of their gums may change; they may also start to stagger and experience vomiting, diarrhoea or seizures. It can take just minutes for your pet to die from heat stress.

Causing animals to suffer in any way is a criminal offence. If your dog suffers as a result of being left in a car, you could be fined or spend time in jail.

If you see an animal suffering in a hot car, contact your local police or our Inspectors on 02 9770 7555.

For more information download our Heatstroke Prevention Factsheet or
watch our YouTube clip and learn how quickly temperatures can rise in a parked car.

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