Heatstroke is deadly and our beloved pets and children can die in a very short amount of time when they are left unattended in a vehicle. What can you do if you see or hear of a pet or child left in a vehicle alone? Well, there are several actions that you can take.
One of the first things that you can and should do is call for help. If this is for a pet call the local animal control or the police department to report a pet in a vehicle. If this is a child call the police department. Tell the person that the pet or child appears to be in distress and is in danger. Endangering a pet is against the law in many places and this is definitely true for children.
Try to find the parent/guardian of the pet or the child. Capture the make, model, and the color of the vehicle as well as the license plate. Go into the nearest store or mall and ask for security or a manager and have them announce it on their loudspeaker system if they have one. Have them make the announcement as specific as possible regarding the type of pet or what the child looks like and that the pet or child is locked inside the car and is in danger of heatstroke.
Then go back out to the vehicle and check on the pet or child to see if they are still there and in distress. The guardian may have come by and taken care of the situation already. If not keep an eye on the vehicle and the pet or child and if necessary help them out of the vehicle if no one arrives in time.
Look up your state and city laws about pets and children in hot vehicles and what you are allowed to do legally. The best thing you can do is educate yourself so that you are prepared to save a life if necessary.