It is never easy to do anything when it is hot and stuffy. Not everyone has air conditioning to cool off in the heat. Most of us have to opt for simple electric fans and shorts.
Imagine staying in this heat. It’s not that simple, is it?
Our four-legged and furry friends are more sensitive in summer. All they can do is breathe and drink water to cool down. It’s not hard to understand why we are constantly told not to leave them in the car when it’s hot. It seems we need to remember this more often.
One day, Virginia resident Jason Minson passed a very hot car and truck with an equally hot and fussy dog inside.
It was clear that the dog had been there for a very long time. Judging by his panting and restless gait. Jason is an army veteran who works as a landscaper by day. His days are not usually this stressful or exciting. In fact, he became aware of the dog’s presence in the car after another vehicle almost hit them. He went to check and found the dog gasping for its life.
He called the emergency number and was told that the police were on their way to help him. With luck, it wouldn’t take long. But every minute that passed seemed to make things more difficult for the animal. It seemed the countdown was coming to an end and Jason could not remain passive.
He gave the dog some water, maybe that helped a little bit. Jason handed him another container and the dog drank it as if he had never drunk a whole bottle before. It was an extremely thirsty dog and it was also very, very hot. Help had not yet arrived and the dog’s problems did not seem to be getting any better. It seemed that the water was only delaying rather than preventing the worst and something had to be done.
The police asked Jason not to break the car windows. At first he didn’t have much to say, but this happened a few long minutes ago. After seeing that the dog was severely dehydrated and didn’t want to wait any longer, he finally gave in and broke the window. The animal was outside and Jason could relax a little. Of course, breaking the windows of a car or truck is not usually a way to relieve stress, but in this case a life was at stake.
Now he can relax. Now he has finally taken the perfect step. The law is clear on breaking car windows to rescue pets in distress. That means Jason can’t be charged with a criminal offense. The same cannot be said for the owner of the car and the dog who left the poor dog inside. The animal was treated at a veterinary institution. It was obviously not returned to its previous owner. Never leave your pets in the car when it’s hot! The coat is much hotter than it looks and panting doesn’t help. Don’t expect someone to come and break your car window while you’re away.