A few days ago, an unnamed man in Grand Bend, Ontario continuously smashed a rock into the windows of a black BMW on an 86 degree Fahrenheit day to save its sole occupant – a visibly weak dog who had been left inside.
There was a music festival happening and the announcer mentioned there was a dog in a hot car and for the owner to let the dog out. No one came after a while so everyone got together to solve the issue. After the dog was rescued, the owners showed up 50 minutes later.
Thankfully, this pooch experienced a stroke of luck rather than a stroke of heat when this man took charge, but it didn’t stop there. Costa told The Dodo that the police took custody of the dog after he was broken free from the car.
While the windows of this car were rolled down, the Humane Society has stated that this has little effect on the temperature inside a car. According to their statistics, even if it’s only 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the interior of a car can reach 116 degrees within an hour. When it’s around 80 degrees Fahrenheit, as it was in this case, the car can heat up to 99 degrees in 10 minutes.
With summertime around the bend, you may be faced with the situation this man just championed so know the laws in your area! In some states, it is legal to remove an animal from a car such as this man did. If it isn’t in your area, the Humane Society recommends that you take down the make, model and license plate number of the car, inform any local businesses that the owner could possibly be in or call the non-emergency number for your local police or animal control service.
It is never safe to leave pets locked in cars; being informed and informing others could save a lot of lives this summer! Thankfully for this Canadian canine, it will get a second chance thanks to this unnamed hero.