Posted on August 9, 2011
Dallas Road Drama
There are few gathering spots where people from all walks of life converge in Victoria more than Dallas Road. Sweeping vistas over the Juan De Fuca Strait are the perfect spot for long walks, hearty talks and playing around at the dog park.
This past Saturday I spent the afternoon with an old girlfriend, trotting Jordy along the Dallas Road seawall as Sarah and I caught up on the past few years. As we looped back to make our way to a late lunch date, we saw something that one only ever reads about in newspapers or catches on the 6 o’clock news.
Photo: Victoria Daily Photo
In an SUV parked at the side of the road were three small dogs, barking, yelping and climbing over one another. Refusing to ignore what we saw, Sarah and I crossed the street to see if the dogs had water. There was none. The windows were each open about two inches, so I stuck my hand in a rear window to find that the air in the vehicle was much hotter than the air outside, as I expected.
Upon immediately phoning the Victoria-area SPCA Branch, I was instructed to “phone the Victoria Police Department right away.” The VicPD report-taker on the other end sighed after I relayed the story, telling me that this was her second of such calls in as many days. Just the day before, local police broke a window to rescue a German Shepherd from an overheated vehicle.
Sarah and I hung around until the officer arrived, and by then nearly 30 minutes had passed. Another hour later, the officer phoned me to instruct me he still hadn’t been able to locate the vehicle’s owner. Who knows how much longer those dogs would have suffered, being that the owner clearly wasn’t on a five-minute errand.
Double digits equal double trouble! According to the SPCA, brain damage and even death can occur in as little as 10 minutes in a hot car. [source]
Do your beloved pets a favour and leave them at home on hot days. They don’t have the ability to cool themselves properly and it’s simply not worth the risk. If you see an animal in such a situation, phone your local police department immediately. For more information on how to help dogs in hot cars, read the SPCA’s article with quick tips.
Naturally, all of this goes without saying ten-fold when children are involved. The risk is never, ever worth it.