It's Not Cool To Leave Pets In Hot Cars

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RSPCA Victoria 

Media Release 

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (Victoria)

ACN 131 965 761

ABN 56 749 449 191

It’s not cool to leave pets in hot cars.

Tuesday 5 January 2010: Every summer the RSPCA is inundated with calls from

concerned citizens alerting us to animals that have been left or locked in hot cars. With

a spate of hot weather due this week, the RSPCA cannot stress enough that it takes just

six minutes or less for an animal to suffer severe heat exhaustion in a car and die.

Tests conducted by Melbourne’s Metropolitan Ambulance Service on a 29 degree day

with the car’s air conditioning having cooled the interior to a comfortable 20 degrees

showed it took just 10 minutes for the temperature to more than double to 44 degrees.

In a further 10 minutes it had tripled to a deadly 60.2 degrees. As with humans,

exposure to these types of temperatures can be extremely dangerous.

Dr. Chris Thurgood, Chief Veterinarian, RSPCA Victoria said: “Dogs are particularly at

risk as they cool themselves by panting.  If the air around them is too hot - particularly

if they don’t have access to water - dogs are physically unable to regulate their body

temperature. In the time it takes to pick up a few things for dinner at the supermarket and

get through the check-out, a dog left in a hot car could have already died an agonising


RSPCA Victoria also urges pet owners to not leave an animal on the back of a utility without

adequate shade, shelter and water. 

“Animals left on ute trays in hot conditions can also quickly suffer from severe dehydration

and heat exhaustion. Added to that, metal trays can get fiercely hot, and cause pain and

suffering for a dog’s paws. If you know that you will most likely be away from your pet while

you are out, it is much better to leave an animal at home where they are comfortable and

have access to water and shade rather than involve them in an outing in your car in the heat

of the day,” Dr. Thurgood added.

Anyone that comes across an animal locked in a hot car should call their local Police

Department or the RSPCA without delay. The RSPCA acknowledges the Victorian Police’s

assistance in helping to rescue heat distressed animals.

For more information, please contact:

Tim Pilgrim

Media Coordinator

RSPCA Victoria

P: 03 9224 2237


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