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Byron Shire
May 10, 2021

Deadly heat

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Heatwaves and record temperatures are being recorded right across the country, even before the official start of summer. This is not just uncomfortable – it can be deadly.

Authorities are pleading for motorists to leave their dogs at home or in a cool location. There have already been an alarming number of reports of animals suffering heat stress in cars and backyards.

If dogs are left in a parked car for even a short time, they can die. On a 30-degree day, the temperature inside a car can potentially rise to well over forty degrees in less than five minutes. In one test, the temperature rose to 57 degrees in twelve minutes. Any animal left inside that car would be dead.

If you see a dog showing any symptoms of heatstroke – including restlessness, heavy panting, vomiting, lethargy and lack of coordination – get the animal into the shade immediately. You can lower a dog’s body temperature by providing the dog with water, applying a cold towel to the dog’s head and chest or immersing the dog in tepid (not ice-cold) water. Then immediately call a veterinarian.

Please, when it’s warm outside, leave animals at home. If you see a dog left in a car, have the car’s owner paged at nearby stores or call 000 immediately and never leave until the animal is safe–their life may depend on your actions.


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1 COMMENT

  1. I am with you this time Des. Part of the problem though is the unnecessary laws and insurance requirements in NSW that require motorists to lock cars and put up the windows. When the laws were introduced there were still many older cars that were easy to steal without a key and thieves targeted stereos and cd players. Now with almost all cars with immobilisers, these laws do little to reduce car theft, which is almost always done by stealing keys. And why would anyone keep anything of steal-able value in their car, and when was the last time you heard of someone stealing a car cd player?

    The law should be dropped and we should be able to leave our car as we please. When it is very hot as Des says it might still be better to leave Rex in his favourite cool spot at home. But in our climate owners can use judgement if it is ok to leave fido in the car a short while with the windows down and a Ballina, Byron or Brunswick breeze blowing.

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