The little dog was trapped in a hot car on a sweltering day and the heat inside the vehicle was so intense it caused him to vomit, SoShareThis reports. So people at a local beach in England, where the incident took place knew they had to act or the French Bulldog inside the car might not survive.
Just A Few Minutes In A Hot Car Can Be Deadly
Temperatures outside were well into the 90s at Frensham Pond, in Surrey, and when people offered him water through a slightly open window, he drank gratefully. But the beach-goers who’d gathered around the hot car knew this wasn’t enough and discussed what to do.
Then someone grabbed a hammer and a sharp crack! can be heard, and one kind person lifts the exhausted dog to safety, MailOnline reports. The next step was to take the poor dehydrated little dog to the park ranger’s office.
The dog’s owner arrived on the scene after four hours, and instead of being glad these kind people had rescued his dog, he went full-on idiot and harangued them. Because he was upset that they broke the window. He became irate and jeered the rescuers, stupidly dancing in front of the camera.
The woman taking the video can be heard saying:
“It’s not nice to threaten people that have just saved your dog’s life.”
An onlooker noted:
“No thanks was given, just abuse and threatening behavior.”
Then he rudely stuck his face in front of the camera and insisted the dog was “okay.” Even though the dog was panting and threw up in the hot car. Twice.
But here’s what’s really upsetting.
Park rangers, on the advice of police, gave the dog back to his irascible and ungrateful owner. This is a man who shouldn’t be allowed to own a pet. And one wonders if he would leave his kids in a hot car since he obviously thinks it’s okay to do this to a dog.
Another dog had to be rescued from a hot car just the day before. In that incident, police smashed the car’s window while the heat outside was 90F. They characterized such irresponsible behavior as “unacceptable.”
Another dog removed from a hot car in #PettsWood by #ResponseTeamB this evening – PC239 doing the honours with the window. It’s still 32 degrees. This is completely unacceptable #DogsDieInHotCars #520PY pic.twitter.com/iwnEzmcZ6Y
— Bromley MPS (@MPSBromley) August 6, 2018
With the record-breaking heatwave this past summer, more than 4,000 people have called the Royal Society for The Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) to report animals suffering in the heat.
And frankly, Holly Barber, manager of the Dogs Die In Hot Cars campaign for the RSPCA, is dumbfounded about why people even have to be reminded not to leave their dogs in the car on a sweltering day.
“It’s absolutely baffling that people who believe they are loving pet owners can even consider this as being acceptable.”
What should you do?
What some people don’t seem to understand is that even when temperatures are mild outside, inside a car they can turn stifling. If the temperatures are between 72 and 96 degrees outside, the inside temperature in a car can zoom up an additional 20 degrees in 10 minutes. In one hour, it can rocket up to a total of 40 degrees. And that can prove deadly to any living thing inside the car.
U.K. law is a bit stricter than laws regarding leaving animals in hot cars in the U.S. The kind people who broke the car window may find themselves in court; this wouldn’t be the case if the dog’s owner had consented to this, but instead, the man harangued them for smashing the window and is angry. So it remains to be seen what will happen in this case.
But Hollie Evans, one of the rescuers noted the group waited more than four hours for the dog’s owners to return.
“They weren’t remotely interested in the dog’s welfare and were more concerned about the broken window of the car,” she said.
If you see a dog trapped in a hot car:
The first step is to call 911, the MotherNatureNetwork recommends. It’s illegal in many states to leave a dog in such a deadly situation. And some states have laws that offer protection to anyone rescuing dogs in these situations. Other states have “good Samaritan” laws that rescuers aren’t liable for damages incurred while rescuing a dog. If you want to find out more, this map provides an overview of laws regarding hot cars from state to state.
The Humane Society of The United States also recommends that you:
- Write down the car’s make, model, and license plate number.
- Contact nearby businesses, their managers and security guards. Request that they make an announcement so the dog’s owner can be found.
Dogs are kind and loving. They see the best in their owners, and while that’s usually so marvelous, there are clearly some people who don’t deserve dogs.
The video below shows the rescue of this sweet French Bulldog. But be forewarned that you may be tempted to climb through your computer screen and smack the owner.
Featured image by Pomeranian Lover via YouTube video