• by: Care2 Team
• recipient: West Mercia Police Department
I can’t imagine what this cop thought he was doing when he chose to leave his canine companion in a scorching hot car for hours. I can only assume he wasn’t thinking, but that neglect led to Ivy the police dog’s death and for that, he should be held responsible.
Sign on to ask the West Mercia Police Department to fire the police officer who left the dog in a hot car.
Police dogs are critical members of law enforcement, with their superior smelling abilities they are able to do jobs that we deem too dangerous for humans. Jobs like bomb sniffing and drug sniffing are especially good for dogs. But this means that dogs are putting their lives on the line to save human life. The least we could do is keep them safe from completely preventable deaths.
Ivy was a 5-year-old Belgian Malinois and she was left in the car in 26C (over 80 degree fahrenheit) for two hours while her handler did weapons training inside. The poor angel dog got heatstroke and was unresponsive when the irresponsible cop came back to her. She was rushed to the hospital but ultimately put down because her condition was so bad. On the bright side, Ivy’s death did lead to internal changes to the way police dogs are handled. But that doesn’t account for her needless death.
Please sign on if you want the police officer who is responsible for her death to be held accountable!
Petition: Justice For Ivy
INDIANAPOLIS– Indianapolis Animal Care Services launched a new campaign this week to educate people about the dangers of leaving animals in vehicles.
A red Jeep Cherokee will serve as a “billboard on wheels”, and will be parked at various Indy Parks locations over the next few weeks.
Decals on the vehicle include instructions of what you should do if you see an animal in a car on a hot day, and a thermometer in the windshield shows the temperature inside the car.
“If we have to we are going to break a window to get to the dog,” said Kim Wolsiffer, Deputy Chief of Enforcement Operations. “We don’t want to see a dog dying. We don’t want to see a dog in distress. We are going to get those animals out of there.”
IACS has received multiple calls about animals left alone in vehicles on hot days.
Thankfully, no animals have died this year as a result.
If you see an animal in distress inside a vehicle, call 911 immediately.
“We don’t want people leaving pets in hot cars,” said Wolsiffer. “10-15 minutes is enough to raise the temperature inside a vehicle 30 degrees. So when it’s 89 degrees outside, we’re talking 30 degrees hotter.”
Wolsiffer emphasized that cracking the windows is not sufficient to cool down the inside of a vehicle during hot summer days.
Article credit – Kara Kenny at RTV6
This Billboard is a great idea, more cities should consider doing the same.
If you need to take your companion animals with you. Then you need to leave the A.C. on in the car with water for them to drink. Otherwise, leave them at home and out of the heat. Too many times I have seen people leaving their companions in a hot car. Too many times I have had to call cops while busting the window open to save a dog’s life.
People need to understand if it’s too hot for them then it’s really too hot for their companions.
If you yourself see an animal in a hot car. You need to alert the local authorities, and let them know you had to break the window to save a life. This goes for young kids as well. Do not leave kids in the car on hot days either. Hot cars are death sentences.
Please be vigilant this summer and take precautions and care for your family members.