Check out the risks of leaving a pet in a hot car in a new public service announcement that is now airing on North Hempstead TV (NHTV). To get the point across of how serious the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car are, the new PSA reverses the roles of human and dog and has a person stay in a hot car, while the dog goes into a store. Although it may seem comical, Town Supervisor Judi Bosworth reiterates the point that if you wouldn’t want to be left in a hot car, you shouldn’t leave your pet in one either.
“A vehicle can very quickly reach a temperature that puts your pet at risk of serious illness or death,” said Bosworth. “Even on a day that doesn’t seem hot to you and even if you are only gone for a few minutes, you should never leave your pet in a car.”
According to the Humane Society of the United States, if a pet is exposed to high temperatures, look for signs of heat stress-heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid pulse, unsteadiness, a staggering gait, vomiting, or a deep red or purple tongue. If you see a dog in a car or a pet exhibiting signs of heat stroke, call the police immediately (or 311 in the town).
To view the PSA tune into NHTV on channels 18 or 63 on Cablevision, channel 46 on Verizon or view it online at www.youtu.be/Qk5eW1oV0cE.