A video posted on Facebook showing a dog trapped inside a car on a sunny day has gone viral following a tremendous response from social media users who have slammed the pet owner for their reckless behaviour in not realising that the dog could have died.
While the dog owner has yet to be identified, two officers were said to have been called to a parking lot in Roswell, Georgia where they were stunned to see the animal breathing heavily in the passenger’s seat of a silver vehicle. It should be noted that it was 97 degrees Fahrenheit outside and 150 degrees Fahrenheit inside the car, according to the Facebook caption.
The video does show that while the car was locked, the front window is down. It is unclear whether the officer removed the window to save the pet or if the dog’s owner had rolled it down before they evacuated their car. Either way, having the window down would not have made a difference to the condition of the dehydrated dog since he was laying down behind the front seat. It is also fair to assume that on a sunny day, chances of air blowing inside a non-moving vehicle are unlikely. If humans are already struggling to sit inside a car without air conditioning on, how are animals supposed to survive through it?
Several Facebook users were so outraged, some insisted that the pet’s owner should lose their rights of owning animals, calling them “reckless” and “inconsiderate” for leaving a dog inside a car on such a hot day. One user writes, “So disgusting. That dog is breathing so fast, it is obvious he couldn’t breath in the hot car,” while another vents, “So while the owner leaves the car, the dog is supposed to stay trapped behind and suffer in such excruciating heat? I can’t even watch this video again, it’s so appalling.”
The reaction that came from Facebook users prompted several online campaigns, all which hope to end animal cruelty. Of course, the timing for another incident of this kind to cause such controversy comes just days after it was reported how New York could potentially become the first state in America that will allow onlookers to smash a vehicle’s window to save a suffering animal. Following the death of Ali, a 2-year-old black Lab who was locked inside a car for three hours on a sunny day in Onondaga, several local state legislators have taken action in proposing the new law that would prevent citizens from being prosecuted for saving the life of another animal.
“You could not believe the response that I’ve gotten from animal lovers to this,” assemblyman John D. Ceretto says, adding that his amendment is greatly co-sponsored in several boroughs of New York. As the summer is fast approaching, cases similar to the one in Roswell are bound to occur more frequently in the coming weeks, but the support from legislators and the public are great signs that a law to protect animals is fast approaching.
Thankfully, the dog owner eventually returned, only to then learn that they had been charged with animal cruelty. Then again, there is no punishment extreme enough for this individual to have suffered just a fraction of what the dog went through. It is about time that animals — dogs, in particular — are valued just as important as humans.
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