Brittany Golden Ballwin echoes crucial PETA advice about dogs in hot cars

Brittany Golden St Louis

December 15, 2020

Brittany Golden Ballwin

According to People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, every year, countless dogs suffer and die when their owners make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car while running an errand. With temperatures inside locked vehicles able to soar in as little as 10 minutes, this can be a potential death sentence for our furry friends, Brittany Golden Ballwin finds out.


“Parked vehicles can be deathtraps for dogs and other pets, where, on a 90-degree day, interior temperatures can approach 110 degrees in under 10 minutes,” reveals Brittany Golden Ballwin.


Research by PETA has found that on a 70-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car, truck, or other vehicles can soar to 100 degrees in just 20 minutes, and, when the outside temperature hits 90 degrees, the interior can skyrocket to as high as 110 degrees in as little as 10 minutes, as noted by Brittany Golden Ballwin.


“Every year, many dogs needlessly suffer and tragically die when their owners decide to leave them in a parked car, even for just a moment, to run errands or take care of other small tasks,” says Brittany Golden Ballwin. Ultimately, however, these brief errands can easily take 10 min or more before an individual realizes. By then, their faithful companion, left to sit in the car for ‘just a moment,’ may already be in grave danger.


In fact, according to PETA, animals can die from heatstroke in under 15 minutes, even at temperatures well below 100 degrees. Unlike humans, dogs and many other animals struggle with even moderate heat, largely unable to regulate their temperature other than, for example, by panting, which is generally ineffective, PETA says, in a hot, locked vehicle.


Brittany Golden Ballwin adds “If a dog or other animal shows any of these symptoms, get them into an air-conditioned space as quickly as possible,” she concludes, “and then immediately to a veterinarian.”