|Pets and Hot Cars Don't Mix: Find Out How You Can Help
Are you concerned when you see a pet in a parked car?
If the pet is in distress, call 911. If you would like to educate the owner about the dangers of pets in hot cars -- and notify them of the local laws against it -- download this pdf. There are two flyers per page so copy, cut and keep a supply handy in your car.
|Know the Law. Call the police if you see it being broken.
In Wake County, North Carolina the Animal Control Ordinance includes the following in its definition of abuse:
“Placing or confining an animal or allowing an animal to be placed or confined in a motor vehicle under such conditions or for such a period of time as to cause physical pain, suffering or death to the animal due to temperature, lack of food or drink, or such other conditions.”
So, what can you do to help? If you see a pet in a car, follow these suggestions
If the guardian of the pet is not located or does not return to the vehicle, and the pet is in distress, area animal control asks that you call 911. Provide the description of the pet, the car, and the license plate number and explain that there is a pet in a car that is in eminent danger and distress from heat. Dispatch will send an animal control officer or local law enforcement to the location.
Animal Control requests that you stay in the area to help them more easily identify the location of the animal. However, they ask that you refrain from engaging the owner. Often officers called out to help a distressed animal must first deal with altercations between guardians and concerned citizens. For your own safety and that of the pet, report the situation, be available for locating the animal, and avoid confrontation with the guardian.
Cancel the call if the person leaves before animal control can arrive.
In cases where the animal is in distress, do the following:
- Learn the signs of heat exhaustion restlessness, excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, dark tongue, rapid pulse, fever, vomiting, glazed eyes, dizziness, or lack of coordination.
- If the dog shows any of these symptoms, move them to shade or air conditioning right away.
- Apply ice packs or cold towels to the head, neck, and chest or preferably immerse the animal in cool (not cold) water.
- Try to get them to drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
- Take them directly to a veterinarian.
|Keep Pets Safe This 4th of July
The 4th of July holiday brings celebration, cook-outs, and fun. But the festivities frequently include something that can be terrifying to pets: fireworks.
The spectacular flashes of light and loud bangs that make people "oooh" and "aaah", can send pets into a panic.
Every year at this time, animal shelters see a dramatic increase in the arrival of lost pets. Local animal control workers have reported receiving more than double the calls about missing pets during Independence Day weekend.
This is the worst holiday for responsible pet owners losing pets. Even animals in fenced yards and on leashes can break free to escape the sounds of firework displays. Most dogs escape because they are improperly secured while families enjoy the festivities or because they panic at crowded and noisy parks.
While we enjoy and understand Independence Day festivities, animals don't. Pets don't understand where the big booms are coming from; they just hear loud noises and need to run away from it.
Here are a few tips to insure that your pets enjoy the holiday as much as you:
- Loud noises can be stressful for many pets. During July 4th fireworks, keep your pet in a separate room or a crate, keep a television or radio turned on for background noise, and provide your pet with toys or other activities to keep them busy and distracted from the sounds outside.
- During the holidays, keep pets indoors, even those that stay outside. Often fireworks are set off throughout the days leading up to and after July 4th. Many animals that are outside during fireworks can be scared by these strange and loud noises. Many times those pets will try and get away from the loud sounds by running and hiding. It is not unusual for the number of loose and stray animals to rise in animal shelters at this time because frightened pets have dug under or jumped over fences and run away in fear.
- Although you may want to share a fireworks display with your pet, leave them home. The loud noises and flashes of light can be stressful and frightening for a pet.
- Make sure that your pets are wearing a collar and identification tags, or have a microchip. These simple items can help get your pet home safely if they run away or get lost.
- If you are lighting your own fireworks and sparklers, keep your pets away from the excitement and make sure that you throw away the burnt firework casings and used sparklers, which can make a pet sick if eaten.