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T H I S M O N T H
By Chris Bennett
Special to The Freeman
BUTLER — Your Facebook feed
might feature an entry on pet safety as
you begin to read this article.
Posts listing the dangers of locking
a dog or cat in a warm car on a hot day
are prolific, and with good reason. No
one wants to see an innocent animal
suffer, especially when that suffering
"Dogs are always warmer than peo-
ple," said Esther Schelthelm, who
helps care for about 100 dogs every
day at Doggy Office Doggy Day Care,
4525 N. 124th St. in Butler. "Their body
temperature is a lot higher than ours.
When they get warm, they heat up a
The dangers of a hot car
Schelthelm earned a degree in ani-
mal science at the University of Wis-
consin-Milwaukee. She said she's
noticed dogs left locked in closed cars
on hot and humid days and has taken
action to correct the situation.
"Leaving your dog in a car for even
five or 10 minutes, it gets super hot,
super fast," Schelthelm said.
According to the American Society
to Prevent Cruelty to Animals, the
temperature in a parked car on 78-
degree day can reach 160 degrees in a
matter of minutes, even with the win-
Charles Auer/Freeman Staff
A Boston terrier sits in a parked car in this photo illustration (the air conditioning was on).
Simple steps for pet safety
Plan ahead in case emergency strikes
See PETS, PAGE 3