Illinois Residents Urged to Protect Pets from Hot Cars


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CHICAGO, IL – As the summer heat intensifies across Illinois, animal welfare advocates are sounding the alarm about the dangers of leaving pets unattended in hot vehicles. With temperatures soaring, even a moderately warm day can quickly turn a parked car into a deadly trap for animals.

Petplan, a leading pet insurance provider, has issued a stern warning to all pet owners, emphasizing the rapid increase in temperatures within vehicles. It takes just minutes for the inside of a car to become a scorching furnace, putting the lives of innocent pets at risk. The consequences can be dire, and animal rights proponents stress the urgency of the issue.

Studies have shown that the temperature inside a car can rise by nearly 20 degrees within just 10 minutes, according to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation (AVMF). The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) highlight the potential for brain damage or death within 15 minutes of a dog being left in a hot car. As summer continues, it is crucial for Illinois residents to prioritize the safety and well-being of their furry companions by never leaving them unattended in vehicles.

According to Petplan, here’s how long it takes for outside Fahrenheit temperatures to increase to even hotter temperatures inside a car:

  • At 85 degrees outside, the inside of a car will reach 104 degrees within 10 minutes and 119 degrees within 30 minutes.
  • At 90 degrees outside, the inside of a car will reach 109 degrees within 10 minutes and 124 degrees within 30 minutes.
  • At 95 degrees outside, the inside of a car will reach 114 degrees within 10 minutes and 129 degrees within 30 minutes.

Petplan also emphasizes that parking in the shade or leaving windows open will have little effect on the escalating temperatures inside a car. Even in 70 to 80-degree weather, temperatures inside a car can exceed 100 degrees.

Animal rights proponents argue that every second counts when a dog is locked in a hot vehicle. Immediate action is crucial to prevent heat-related injuries and fatalities. The Illinois community is urged to be vigilant and take necessary precautions to protect pets during the summer months.

To ensure the well-being of animals and prevent heat-related illnesses, it is essential to remember that leaving pets unattended in hot cars is not only unsafe but also illegal in many jurisdictions. Individuals who witness a pet trapped in a hot car are encouraged to contact local authorities or animal control immediately.


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