Pets in Hot Cars

Every summer, Boston Animal Control responds to numerous calls about dogs left in hot cars. Dogs are often left in cars while the owners run errands - sometimes up to a couple of hours at a time.

You may think that taking your dog along for a ride is better than leaving him alone in the house - NOT DURING THE HOT WEATHER! Even 5-10 ten minutes is too long to leave a pet in a car on a hot day. The temperature could reach up to 160 degrees by that time.

What can happen to a pet left in this temperature?

Your pet may suffer from a heat stroke. This could cause brain damage and your pet may even die if not treated immediately.

What can you do if you see a pet in a hot car in Boston?

Call Animal Control at (617)635-5348 right away. An officer will be dispatched to the scene and will determine if the dog should be removed from the car. Lukewarm water should be offered to the pet and a soaked towel or rag should be placed on his neck. Keep him in a shaded area and watch for signs of fatigue and constant heavy panting. Take him to a veterinarian if symptoms persist.