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Leaving Your Dog Unattended Is Wrong!

Leaving dogs unattended is a subject that I have been watching for some time. I haven't decided whether people are stupid, insensitive, unfeeling or just not able to think things through to a conclusion. Maybe they just AREN'T Thinking at all.

I see people leaving their dog's in cars, tied up in front of stores, and Yes, they even letting them run loose while they go about their business. In what reality does this kind of behavior become OK or even expectable. If someone did this to their child, they would be charged with a crime and the child would be taken away from them in a heartbeat. But I guess that since it ONLY a dog it is somehow OK to do. This is ridiculous and it needs to stop! It doesn't matter if it is a dog or a child, it is cruelty and there are laws against it. 

Beside the fact that is morally wrong, there are also a lot of things that can go wrong when you leave a dog unattended.

Reasons to NOT leave your dog tie up or left inside your car alone:
1. THEY CAN GET STOLEN. Many dog's are used as bait for fighting dogs or sold to laboratories for testing.
2. In hot weather, dogs can suffer from overheating due to lack of water and shade. Their paws can be burned from the hot pavement etc.
3. In cold weather, dogs left outside for only a few minutes without shelter can receive frost bit, damage to paw pads etc.
4. They can be tormented or injured by people or other dogs.
5. In the summertime temperatures inside your car can increase dramatically in a very short time.

Studies show that leaving a dog inside a closed car in the summer can be fatal in in just a short time. This is because the windows allow the sun's shortwave radiation to warm the objects that it strikes. These objects (dashboard, steering wheel, interior panels and upholstery) radiate heat into the adjacent air and give off longwave radiation which is very efficient at warming the air trapped inside a vehicle. In as little as 10 minutes  the temperature inside a closed vehicle can rise 19 deg F. In 20 minutes - 29 deg F, in 30 minutes it can rise as much as 34 deg F. In just under one hour the temperature can rise as mush as  45-50 deg F.

Many people think that "Cracking" the windows will keep the temperature inside the car at a safe level. In fact, it actually has little effect. Vehicle interior color has a big effect on how fast the temperature will rise, but the fact remains that it will still become unsafe for pets and humans in a very short time. We all  need to get the word out that a car is not to be used as a dog watcher or for that matter a babysitter... In the summer heat, it can easily become an oven.

If you are one of the people this article is talking about, please think twice the next time you leave your home with your dog. Don't tie them up in front of a store or leave them in your car. Stop and think!  Is that coffee, donut, big mac or fountain pop or paper worth the life of your companion?...Yeh, I don't think so either!

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