You have seen these horror stories of pet owners leaving their dog in their cars on hot days to go grocery shopping or to run inside the post office. It is ultimately a terrible tragedy for these dogs who have no way of escaping and usually, they don’t survive the heat.
Arizonal Cardinal cornerback Tyrann Mathieu met with PETA to do a simulation of what it feels like when dogs are left in a hot car on a day in the middle of summer. USA Today’s For The Win shared the eye-opening video.
The car reached 120 degrees in just eight minutes before Mathieu could not stand it any longer. He was shocked at how some people could leave their dogs in such a dangerous situation.
“This is ultimately what it feels like to be a dog trapped inside of a car on a hot day,” he said. “If you’re going to make a dog a part of your family, then make him a part of your family. Don’t treat him like you wouldn’t treat someone you cared about or someone you loved.”
To make matters worse, the car was parked in a parking lot in Arizona, the hottest state in the country. It is safe to say that Mathieu got his point across pretty clearly.
Do the responsible thing and either leave your dog at home or leave the car running.
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