Shelly Nicholas had stopped to buy some groceries at a local store but made the mistake of leaving her dog in the car with the windows rolled up.
New Mexico has an average annual temperature of about 65 degrees. In some months, the average can be higher than 90. On this particular day, it was well over 90. According to one study, all it takes is ten minutes for a car’s temperature to rise up by 20 degrees.
All it takes is fifteen minutes for dogs to experience severe brain damage, organ damage, or die of heatstroke in a locked car. Naturally, officer Vincent Kreischer was livid.
A taste of her own medicine
When Shelly walked up to her truck, the officer was quick to reprimand her for what was clearly cruelty.
In a video shared from the officer’s lapel camera, Shelly is seen laughing and trying to play it off as not a big deal because she was only away for ten minutes.
Shelly then goes on to ask the officer to feel the interior of the car to try and prove her point, but the officer pulls out a chart that explains how hot a car can get in ten minutes.
He even goes as far as to show that before she opened her car door again, the interior temperature was well above 114 Fahrenheit. Having not been able to get through to Shelly, the officer then went on to write a misdemeanor cruelty citation.
Now here’s the funny part. As he wrote her ticket, he asked her to wait in the car and close the door, as she had done with her dog.
Shelly protested and argued with the officer claiming it was too hot.
Well, if it’s too hot for a human dressed for summer weather, how hot is it for a dog covered in a layer of fur?
Dogs and cars
Dogs die in cars every summer due to the extreme interior temperatures. The sad thing is that a lot of these owners don’t mean to be cruel.
Take the example of Shelly above, she clearly thought it wasn’t a problem because she was only away for a few minutes. A lot of people just don’t know how quickly I can become dangerous.
Rather than risking it, consider alternatives, especially in the hot summer months when the heat can easily lead to a medical emergency.
If you just want to have a day out, consider visiting restaurants with a pet-friendly outdoor seating area. It’s fun and your dog will be happy to be with you.
Visit dog-friendly locations
Stick with locations where you dog can come along, such as beaches and parks, rather than having to risk leaving them in the car.
Bring someone with you
If your dog can’t get into a building with you, bring someone along who can watch over your furry best friend while you are inside. If it takes too long, they can always just get out of the car and walk the dog while they wait for you to return.
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