Guilford Animal Control has responded to 70+ calls of dogs left in hot cars already this year

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GUILFORD COUNTY, N.C. -- Guilford County Animal Control officers are reminding dog owners to leave their pets at home during the hot summer months.

Since May 1, there have been 72 calls for service regarding people leaving their dogs in vehicles.

Owners that are still present once animal control arrives are faced with a $500 citation for animal cruelty by the Guilford County Environmental Health Department.

Dr. Stacey Chappell, with Animal Medical Centre of Greensboro, said it only takes five minutes before dogs can be harmed from heat exhaustion.

"We have to focus on cooling their core temperature. Usually if they get over 109 degrees, they can't be saved regardless of the therapy."

The average temperature of a dog’s body is 100 to 102 degrees.

Chappell said breeds like pugs and bulldogs can be effected faster because of their nasal build that already gives them trouble with breathing clearly.

In 2013 two dogs died because of heat exhaustion and lack of water in Guilford County.


  • dobydog1

    there are a lot of stupid people in the world. I was at the Harris Teeter on Friendly by Guillford college a couple of weeks ago. when I got in my car I could hear barking but I did not hear any cars running. It was around 90 degrees so it was way to warm to leave a dog in a car. I drove around the parking lot and finally found a smaller car with not 1 but 3 dogs in it. 2 of the dogs were medium dogs with long hair. As I was stopped by the car their owners came out of the store. Did it really take 2 people to go into the store for 1 platic bag of groceries. I told them it was against the law to leave animals in a car when it was 85 degrees or hotter. the guy actually got a little agressive and told me to mind my own business. we all need to make it our business when some idiot tries to kill an animal because of their stupidity. my only regret is that I did not snap a picture of the dogs in the car and of their license plate so I could give them to the police. but I do hope the food they got gave them food poisoning.

  • FaithC

    If you see a dog in a car call the cops. Get involved. Maybe if people know that others will not put up with this behavior they will think twice before doing it.

  • Brenda

    My Mom always said that if you do nothing about a bad situation then you are as quilty as the one that did it. Step up and be heard.

  • Pointermom

    About seven years ago, I parked my car, got out, and happened to look in the back window of the Suburban that was parked next to me. A cat was in the back lying on its side panting profusely. I tried all of the doors to no avail. I called 911, but the response time wasn’t good. Eventually, the man who owned the truck came out. I told him that either he gave me the cat or the police who were on their way (I didn’t say when) might have a few things to say. He gave me the cat and I took her straight to the vet. She recovered and is a happy member of our family. The lesson? Get involved somehow!

    • jliles1205

      Were you in Greensboro? When I was with Police Comm/GM911, if we got a call of an animal in a hot car, we sent the closest unit that wasn’t on an emergency call as high priority. If the owner didn’t respond poste-haste, She/he could expect forced entry.

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