Veteran saves a dog in a hot car- Stop leaving your dog in an oven! (videos)

 In Domestic, opinion

Summer is that time of year when ignorance kills. Whether it’s a dog or a child, leaving them in a hot car is akin to murder.

A rescuer

Back in May, USA Today reported that a Desert Storm veteran,  Michael Hammons, of Georgia, used the leg of his wife’s wheelchair to break out the window of a vehicle where he could see that a dog was in distress. The owner was cited for leaving her dog in a hot car, and Mr. Hammons was charged with criminal trespassing. Police only charged him because the owner insisted. Frankly, they should have told her to shut up – she’s lucky to have only received a citation.

“I’ve got PTSD, and I’ve seen enough death and destruction. And I didn’t want anything else to happen if I could prevent it.” Michael Hammons

And prevent it he did. It was worth the citation.


Michael Hammons uses a wheelchair leg to release a dog in distress

The facts:

When it’s 100 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car rises fast- and even with the windows cracked, it quickly becomes an oven.

People always say they are “just going to be a few minutes in the store.”  Let’s take a look at that via an independent study from the San Francisco State University:

If the outside temperature is 70 degrees, within 10 minutes it becomes 89 degrees. In 20 minutes, the temperature rises to 99 degrees.  By 30 minutes, the temperature inside the car- even with windows “cracked” is over 100 degrees.

If the temperature outside is higher, say 90 degrees, it only takes 10 minutes to reach 109. But in 30 minutes, it is 124 degrees inside the vehicle.  The study found that cracking the windows had little to no effect on the temperature inside the car.

At 104 degrees a dog becomes a victim of heat stroke. They cannot sweat like a human. And they are wearing a fur coat- so they try to pant to release the heat…but that stops its effectiveness at those high temperatures and the dog is headed towards death.

dog in a hot car

Don’t leave your dog in a hot car! Huffington Post Photo

The symptoms of heat stroke in a dog are:

excessive panting, inattention, staggering, pale dry gums, salivation, rapid pulse, weakness, confusion, diarrhea, vomiting, wide-eyed look of distress. 

Do you deserve a pet? Not if you leave it in a hot car

Thousand upon thousands of pets die each summer because the moronic owners leave their dogs in a hot car. As a friend once put it, if they do that, they should be tied inside the hot car themselves and left with no water. Even cops have been stupid enough to leave their K-9 partners in a hot car and they died… and they should know better! When cops screw up , it’s expensive- a K-9 police dog can be up to $29,000. They don’t deserve to EVER be allowed on the K-9 patrol again-and maybe removed from the police force entirely.

If you see a dog in distress, call 911. Wait until the authorities arrive and file charges. If it’s looking critical, break the window if you have to. It is illegal to leave an animal…or a child in a hot car.


Children are just as susceptible to heat stroke as pets. From 1998 – present, 645 children have died of heat stroke from being left in hot cars. Remember the progression of temperature inside a car- even with windows open, the temperature rises dramatically every 10 minutes.

The bottom line is this- leave the dog home and take your child inside the store with you. Stop murdering innocent dogs and kids.

This dog died inside the car

This dog narrowly escaped death – “only left it in the car for a half an hour”

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