The Fayetteville Animal Control said it has seen a higher number of animals left in hot vehicles, according to a news release Friday (June 6).
The increase has come suddenly in the number of complaints regarding dogs left in vehicles during the last two high-temperature weeks, the release states.
“Since May 19th Animal Control officers have responded to 14 calls about dogs left in vehicles at various businesses around town,” said Fayetteville Animal Services Programs Manager Anthony Rankin.
He continued, “Six of those complaints have resulted in the owners of those animals being issued citations for animal cruelty due to temperatures inside those vehicles being over 105 degrees.”
Fayetteville Animal Control officers do routinely respond to those complaints during summer months, but Rankin said, “It is unusual for us to see this many complaints this early in the year, and the number that we have already seen is surprising.”
Rankin continued to say that in the same time frame last year, they only responded to two complaints of this type.
“According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) hundreds of dogs die after being left in hot vehicles every year. According to the AVMA website the temperature inside a vehicle on an 85 degree day can reach 119 degrees within 20 minutes even if the windows are cracked,” the release states.
“That’s why we treat these kinds of calls as emergencies,” said Rankin.
He continued, “Some people don’t understand what kind of risk they are taking with their pets. Even a quick trip into the store could result in a tragedy.”
Fayetteville Animal Control encourages residents to think hard before leaving their animals in a hot vehicle.
“It’s really quite simple. If you wouldn’t sit in the car because it’s too hot, then you shouldn’t expect your pet to do the same. If you think you need to go shopping just leave them home,” Rankin said.