It's amazing how how fast a car can heat up in the sun. It can, literally, become as hot as an oven in only a few minutes time, even with the windows cracked.
The results are predicatable: dead dogs and dead children every year.
And how often does this occur? Everyday. A quick search of Google News finds these current headlines:
- Dog owner says heat killed her pug in minutes You +1'd this publicly. Undo
- Evansville Animal Control Officer Leaves Dog to Die in the Heat
- Pair charged after distressed dog found in hot car at Eastview
- Police dogs found dead in car
- Dog owner charged with animal cruelty
- Bartlesville Police Dog Falls Victim To Summer Heat
- New Castle officer suspended after K-9 dies in hot car
- Puppy Dies After Owner Leaves it in Hot Car
- Dog dies from 'excessive heat'
- Janesville woman discovers dog in sweltering car
- Owner's mistake left dogs to 'cook'
- Dog Left in Hot Car Rescued by Police
- Puppy dies after being locked in car in Burnaby
- Man Arrested After Dead Dog Found In Locked Car
- Dog Dies In Casino Parking Lot
- Bettendorf woman charged with animal cruelty You +1'd this publicly. Undo
So what can be done?
In the UK, Beverly Cuddy, editor of Dogs Today magazine, has teamed up with designer Judith Broug to try to turn the tide with simple window stickers meant to educate and remind people that it only takes a minute to cook a dog.
Campaign posters and stickers have been translated into several languages and are now being spread in France, the Netherlands, Italy, Portugal & Slovakia. Excellent work, and hopefully an education campaign we will see grow, expand and get replicated every year.
Want to help? It's as easy as passing on a link to this post or the campaign's web site, or posting your own bit on your own blog or Facebook page with the cooking cookies video, links, or graphics embedded.