Seriously… what is it going to take? I dream of the summer when I won’t end up writing a post about the tragic tale of a dog left in a hot car to bake. I use that term for a reason – on a hot day, you can actually bake cookies in a car. Think about that for a moment.
You can bake cookies.
Would you put your dog in an oven while you whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies? That’s exactly what you’re doing if you leave your dog in a hot car. Yet every summer, many people do just that.
I can’t sugarcoat this one for you – leaving your dog in a hot car is like giving him a death sentence. So for the love of whatever it is you believe in… don’t do it. Spread the word so that others don’t do it. Please.
Today’s tale of woe
comes from Loudoun County in Virginia. (Thanks to my fellow dog lover Hey Love Designs
for the tip.) I admit, this story has a bit of a twist. I warn you… you’re going to get angry. Really angry at a whole bunch of people. I am. (Though you probably already figured that out.) Allow me to set the stage…
A man goes to a party. He gets in his car, leaves the party and decides, as many do, to stop for food before heading home. He goes inside the restaurant, leaving his dog in the car. He then falls asleep at the restaurant. The manager calls the police, who then arrest him for drunk in public.
Point of anger #1 – If this man was drunk, why was he driving to IHOP in the first place?
Point of anger #2 – If this man was drunk, he was endangering himself, other people on the road, and his own dog (the helpless passenger). I’ll reserve my commentary on this specific point of anger for another day, but I thought it was worth noting.
Point of anger #3 – The man left his dog in the car while he went to the IHOP. I realize it was dark out, but I’m not really a fan of the idea of leaving your dog alone in a car for an extended period of time in any event. You never know when you’ll be delayed and then your dog will be trapped and helpless, at the mercy of the weather and passersby. (I recognize that others may have different opinions here – that’s just mine.)
The man was arrested in the early hours of the morning, around 5:15 A.M. He allegedly told the cops that his dog was still in the car, and they allegedly told him not to worry about it. He was taken to the county jail, where he allegedly begged the cops to help his dog, who was no doubt baking in the unattended vehicle.
Point of anger #4 – Really? I mean… really? Would the police (allegedly) have ignored the man’s pleas if he’d left a child in that car instead of his dog? Did none of the officers have a heart?
Point of anger #5 – Did this man get a phone call? If so, then why didn’t he call someone to go rescue his dog? If not, then why?
I’m sure you can already guess the sad ending to this story. It was over 100 degrees that day. The man was released from jail late that night. He returned to the parking lot. The dog had collapsed. The man rushed the dog to the emergency vet, but it was too late. Rex was dead.
Point of anger #6 – How many people must have been in the parking lot of that restaurant that day? Did none of them (or the management/employees of the restaurant) notice or care about the dog slowly dying inside that oven?
Honestly, I can think of enough points of anger to fill a book right now. My anger is mixed with a deep sadness about what has occurred. Poor, innocent Rex. My heart breaks for him.
Loudoun County Animal Control has launched an investigation, as has the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Department. To follow this saga, you can visit the Justice for Rex Facebook page.
Each time I read one of these tragic stories, I find myself rapidly transforming into a female version of the Incredible Hulk. Right now, I’d really like to Hulk smash pretty much every terrible person involved in the story above. You can find more information about the dangers of hot cars in my earlier posts:
You can also visit MyDogisCool.com
for more info. Please spread the word so that we can prevent needless tragedies like this one.