SULLIVAN COUNTY TN ANIMAL SHELTER

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Vehicles

Vehicles can be both thrilling and deadly to pets.

In nice weather, it can be very tempting to take your pet with you in the car while you travel or run errands. But during warm weather, this situation can become very hazardous and even deadly to your pet. In warm weather, the inside of your car can reach 120* in a matter of minutes, even with your windows opened slightly. A car acts like a greenhouse, trapping the sun's heat.  Even moderately warm temperatures outside can quickly lead to deadly temperatures inside a closed car. Pet owners are cautioned not to leave any animal unattended inside a car even if the car is parked in the shade with windows cracked open. Studies show that on comparatively cool days, such as 72 degrees, a car's internal temperature will rocket to 116 degrees within 60 minutes. Partially opening the windows hardly slows the rise at all.  

It is very dangerous, and in some states, it is illegal, to drive with a dog in the back of a pickup truck. Not only can flying debris cause serious injury, but a dog may be unintentionally thrown into traffic if the driver suddenly hits the brakes, swerves or is hit by another car.

Roadways: Roadways were never intended for pets to roam in.

Fights between vehicles and pets are NOT fair fights. These fights will always end in disaster for the pet.

Owners also must be aware of animals roaming into roadways and causing accidents. Owners' are responsible for anything caused by their pet, especially when the pet is off of its own property. If an animal leaves its property and causes an accident, the owner can be held not only for civil damages, but can be charged with a crime, even as serious as a felony.

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