A British Columbia veterinarian shared a photo of a dead dog to the Shaughnessy Vet Hospital Facebook in an effort to expose the consequences of what can really happen when leaving pets in a hot car. Under the distressing photo, veterinarian Leah Montgomery explained:
“We are heart broken. Such a preventable disaster. Dog left in the car today. Dead. Family is distraught. Please please stop doing this people!”
The dog had been brought to the vet’s office on Friday evening; the owners admitted they had left their dog in the car. The poignant and heartbreaking photo of the dog covered in a blanket with only his paws showing has been shared thousands of times.
“Shaughnessy Veterinary Hospital Friends, this was posted as a reminder that this CAN HAPPEN – to anyone. They are not “bad” pet people. Take it to heart, remember this, and NEVER let it happen to you. Be careful when you cast stone.”
According to CtvNews, Dr. Montgomery has been frustrated with the photos of panting dogs lucky enough to have been rescued in the nick of time. The reality lies in all the dogs who didn’t have the happy ending, and as disturbing as the photo may be, is the reality of what happens when dogs are left in hot cars and no one comes to their rescue. Leaving dogs in hot vehicles can cause their blood to thicken which tragically leads to kidney failure, blood clots and sometimes death.
Let’s hope this photo convinces dog owners to leave their pets at home.
(Photo of dog left in hot car dead courtesy of Shaughnessy Vet Hospital)
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