It’s that time of year again and the Laramie Division of
Animal Control and Welfare is beginning to receive calls from citizens
concerned about pets locked in hot cars.
This is an ongoing concern in all communities and Laramie is not exempt
from the potential hazards.
Temperatures in a vehicle can climb quickly, even with the
windows cracked. The notion that air
moves through a parked car with the windows cracked is largely incorrect. The air in the vehicle is still and
Dogs do not have the benefit of perspiration as a cooling
option. Their only cooling mechanism is
panting. Dogs with shortened muzzles are
even more at risk as they breath less effectively than a dog with a regular
length nose. Dogs that are older and
dogs with any medical conditions are also at greater risk than healthy younger
or middle-aged dogs.
If you are going out and about for errands or a lunch date,
it’s best to leave Fido home where it’s safe and cool. Laramie city ordinance prohibits leaving a
pet in a vehicle for more than 15 minutes anytime the outdoor temperature is
more than 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Owners
that exceed this can be cited for neglect and fined $200.
Keep Fido safe and avoid the issue altogether. Let him hang out at home in the cool of the
house, maybe with a little tv and a nice bowl of ice water. He’ll be much happier!