Trainer Left Dog To Die In Hot Car

 |  Jul 16th 2008  |   6 Contributions


There have been recent posts on this subject, however, since we are in the heat of the summer I think it's worth repeating. Let's help stop tragedies like this from happening again.

Here's a good reminder of how important it is not to leave your dog in a hot car. Even if you're just doing a quick errand the temperature can skyrocket after just a few minutes. Parking in the shade or leaving the windows cracked does little to alleviate this pressure cooker.

Magistrate Ross Clugston told the court Darragh's $10,000 greyhound Go Bronco would have suffered "enormous pain" as he lay in the back of a station wagon for about 12 hours between January 12 and 13 this year.

According to the Humane Society "On a warm, sunny day windows collect light, trapping heat inside the vehicle, and pushing the temperature inside to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree Fahrenheit day, for example, the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees within ten minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. At 110 degrees, pets are in danger of heatstroke. On hot and humid days, the temperature in a car parked in direct sunlight can rise more than 30 degrees per minute, and quickly become lethal."

Darragh left the dog in the car after colliding with a bus on Glebe Point Road as he left the Wentworth Park racing track on the evening of January 12.Mr Clugston said the dog was howling in pain when a passerby discovered him.

The witness managed to force open the car door so he could pour water over the dog, but despite veterinary intervention, Go Bronco died as a result of heat exhaustion and dehydration three days later.

Rebecca Simmons, the Outreach Communications Coordinator for the Companion Animals section of The HSUS, states "Pets, more so than humans, are susceptible to overheating. While people can roll down windows, turn on the air conditioner or exit the vehicle when they become too hot, pets cannot. And pets are much less efficient at cooling themselves than people are."

Terry John Darragh, 37, also was ordered to perform 150 hours of community service and was fined $1,000 at Balmain Local Court on Wednesday.

It's a good thing I'm not a judge.

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