September is Responsible Dog Ownership Month, which is a great time to remind dog owners to not leave dogs in hot cars. Even as the temperatures begin to cool, it is still not safe to leave your dog in the car. When it’s 70 degrees outside, a parked car can reach uncomfortable and even deadly temperatures inside within 30 minutes.
So, what do you do if you spot a dog trapped in a car? There are a few simple steps you can take to help save that poor pooch.
- Record the car’s information: make, model, license plate number. You can always take a picture with your phone.
- Go to the nearest business and ask the store manager or security officer to attempt to page the car’s owner.
- If the owner does not appear soon, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car until they arrive. It is not recommended that you break open the window yourself.
Here at BMW of Bowling Green, we want to make sure everybody stays safe in the car, humans and pets alike.