Hot Dog: Pets in Parked Cars

Aug 31, 2017 | Safety Tips


It can be dangerous, even deadly, to leave a pet inside a hot car. Earlier this year, Governor Hickenlooper passed a law in Colorado granting immunity if you break a dog out of a hot car. On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside of a parked car can reach 100 degrees in just a few minutes. With summer temperatures around 90-degrees, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 degrees in less than 10 minutes. As we enter the hottest months of the year, it is important to know what to do if you see a pet trapped in a hot car and how you can be sure to keep your furry friend cool and happy this summer!

Why is it so bad to leave dogs in hot cars?

When animals are left in extreme heat, for example the inside of a hot car, they can sustain brain damage or even die from a heatstroke in as little as 10 minutes. When humans overheat, we sweat to cool off our bodies. Dogs on the other hand must rely on panting to keep cool.

What should you do if you see a dog alone in a hot car?

  1. Write down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number
  2. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings
  3. Call 3-1-1 to report the dog in the hot vehicle
  4. Have someone keep an eye on the dog
  5. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved

What are some local places that are dog friendly?

  1. Forest Room 5
  2. The Watering Bowl
  3. Racine’s
  4. Highlands Cork & Coffee
  5. The Westin Westminster
  6. Snarf’s Sandwiches


It’s important to also take steps to keep your pet safe while you’re in the car. Having a secured crate for your dog while you drive can help protect them in the event of a collision. If you or someone you know has been in an accident, seeking representation is always a good idea. At Franklin D. Azar & Associates a case consultation is always free. Give us a call today and we will fight to get the compensation you deserve.