When it’s a hot summer day, the last thing you should do is leave your dog in your vehicle. There have been tons of videos and articles detailing how within a few minutes, your car becomes an oven and can easily reach a scorching 120 degrees. Cracking a window or leaving your car in the shade are not safe alternatives for your pooch. You’re better off leaving him or her at home or finding other ways to run your errands.
There have been many videos showing people breaking open windows to save a dog stuck in a hot car. Even when it is a mere 70 degrees outside, it can feel like 104 degrees in just half an hour inside a vehicle. Sadly, many states have no specific rules or laws protecting these pups when they are left in cars, but people can face animal cruelty charges. However, sixteen states find leaving a dog in an unattended car illegal and the person can face punishment.
In a strange story out of Chicago, robbers ended up unintentionally saving a dog’s life in a hot parked car. The Irish Nobleman Pub, located in the 1300 block of W. Erie St. in the city’s West Town neighborhood, uploaded a video to Facebook of robbers approaching a vehicle on a Monday morning. A man parked his car in front of the pub around 9:13 a.m., when the restaurant said the temperature that day ranged from 80 to 100 degrees. The truck can be seen with its windows up, and inside the car the temperature can easily climb to an insane 130 to 172 degrees. At around 9:34 a.m., a group of four men can be seen walking next to the vehicle and then walking out of frame until we see a man breaking the front passenger window and grabbing an object, which was identified as a laptop.
According to the pub’s owner Declan Morgan, the robbers did not see the dog inside the car, where he was sitting in the backseat. However, because they broke the window, they might have saved the dog’s life.
“They were walking down the street, looking in every car they walked past, and I believe they saw the laptop and smashed the window and took it out,” Morgan said. “I don’t believe they knew the dog was in there.”
From the surveillance video, it appears that the dog was a German Shepard. When the unhappy owner returned at about 10:15 a.m., the footage shows the dog jumping out of the hot truck and appearing very happy to be out of there. While the neglectful owner checks out his car, his dog lies on the ground and looks overheated. It also appears that the owner is worried more about his broken window than the sick dog. On the video footage, the large dog is seen walking up and down the city block, while the owner looks at his truck and talks to someone on the phone.
While these thieves shouldn’t be made heroes, they did end up accidentally saving this large German Shepard from a hot car. The pub’s owner also told CBS News that the truck owner deserved to get his laptop stolen after leaving his dog in such a dangerous situation. “I believe what comes around, goes around,” Morgan said, adding, “He didn’t think it was a big deal that his dog was in there for an hour. I told him I would’ve smashed the window if I knew the dog was in there.”
If you are ever in a situation where you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s model, make, color and license plate number. If you know where the owner is, let them know. If you do not see anyone, call your local humane authorities or the police. Don’t leave the scene until the situation is resolved and make sure someone is keeping an eye on the dog. If in any event no one comes in time to rescue the dog, do what is necessary to save the animal’s life, even if that means breaking the car’s window. It’s never okay to leave a dog in such hot and unsafe conditions.