Leaving Your Pet in A Parked Car Can Be a Deadly Mistake
Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car for any period of time.
On a warm day, the temperature in a parked car can reach 120°F in a matter of minutes — REALLY — even with the car windows partially open.
Your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation when trapped in high temperatures.
This is what you should do if your pet is exposed to high temperatures:
- Be alert for the signs of heat stress—heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse,
- unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or
- a deep red or purple tongue.
- If your pet becomes overheated, you must lower his body temperature immediately.
- Move your pet into the shade and apply cool (not cold) water all over her body to gradually lower her body temperature.
- Apply ice packs or cold towels to your pet’s head, neck, and chest only.
- Let your pet drink small amounts of cool water or lick ice cubes.
- Take your pet to a veterinarian right away—it could save your pet’s life.
- If you see an animal in a car exhibiting any signs of heat stress, call municipal animal control (City 311; County 574-3647) or the police department (emergency 911,
- non-emergency 208-7211) immediately!
THINGS YOU SHOULD KNOW:
With only hot air to breathe your pet can quickly suffer brain damage or die from heatstroke or suffocation when trapped in high temperatures. Do not leave a child or a pet in a hot car.
You don’t just expose your pet to the dangers of heat stress when you leave him in a car, you also expose him to pet theft. Thousands of pets are stolen each year from unattended cars.
If you must take your pet on a car trip, do so safely: cats should ride in cat carriers, and dogs should be secured in a dog harness and she should wear an ID tag. Traveling with loose animals in your car is a potential for disaster. In an accident, your pet can easily be ejected from the vehicle. The distraction of a pet moving around can even be the cause of a serious accident.
Taking your pet for a ride may seem like fun, but many pets prefer to spend time with you in the comfort and safety of home. Avoid taking risks by leaving your pet in the car.
Leaving the car running with the air conditioning seems like a great idea, but your pet could knock your car into gear, creating a dangerous situation or your car could be stolen. A running vehicle, even if locked, can be an irresistible temptation to car thieves.
Animal Control Officers or other law enforcement officers are authorized to remove any animal left in an unattended vehicle that is exhibiting signs of heat stress by using the amount of force necessary (break the window) to remove the animal, and shall not be liable for any damages reasonably related to the removal. The pet owner will be charged with animal cruelty.
If you see an animal in a car exhibiting any signs of heat stress, call municipal animal control (City 311; County 574-3647) or the police department (emergency 911, non-emergency 208-7211) immediately!
Ica and Joe Miller - volunteers for 40 years!
Volunteers come and go, and we're grateful for whatever time we're given when anyone helps our organization and our
dogs and cats. But when volunteers devote almost four decades of their lives helping the same group...well, that's pretty miraculous.
After moving to Mobile in 1972, Joe and Ica Miller's son was bitten by a stray dog on his way to school. Some folks would let such an event drive them away from ever caring about animals...but in their case it simply opened their eyes to the plight of homeless animals in our area. And so Ica decided that she would help the Mobile SPCA in whatever way she could...and not only that, but she also talked her husband into donating his time as well. Their continuing love for animals and their desire to help touched their daughter Peggy Taylor too, and now Peggy manages the Mobile SPCA's Second Chance Resale Shop.
"I have done just about everything through the years...spending hours on the telephone answering pet questions, taking in strays, fundraising, recruiting new members and convincing Joe how he could be an asset too. He was the Treasurer for the group and helped with projects that called for a little carpentry work. I eventually concentrated on the rummage sales we had to make money and I still do that today. We both help with the rummage sales along with our daughter Peggy." "We have enjoyed this group through the years and certainly all of the animal friends we have come in contact with. The work can be challenging and difficult at times but the rewards are great when you see happy pets and their new owners."
Joe and Ica share their family home with a 13-year-old dog they found in the middle of the road in west Mobile and a 12-year-old cat who was born in a pile of brush behind Baker School. "Coming back to Mobile is always a joy for us where we have family, friends and our volunteer work."
Thank you, Joe and Ica, for unmatched dedication to our organization. The impact you both have made and the help you've given the MSPCA is unique and truly special.