(WTXL) — PETA has issued an urgent warning following the recent incident of a dog dying after being left in a hot car in Tallahassee.
The organization is warning individuals about the importance of never leaving animals in hot vehicles and says there have been at least 78 hot weather related animal deaths reported since last year.
PETA says Law enforcement officials across the country are also warning people of the dangers of hot weather.
"Every year, we alert people to the danger of leaving children or pets inside cars in the summer," says Chief of Police James R. Kruger Jr. from Oak Brook, Illinois. "The temperature inside a vehicle climbs approximately 43 degrees in just an hour. The loss of a defenseless animal in this manner is avoidable and should never happen. There is no reason to take your pet out in extreme heat without adequate air conditioning and water."
If you see a dog left alone in a hot car, call local humane authorities or the police.
PETA says if the authorities are unresponsive or too slow and the dog's life appears to be in imminent danger, find a witness (or several) who will back up your assessment. Then remove the suffering animal from the car and wait for authorities to arrive.
For more information, visit PETA.org.