Dawn~ I completely agree with you. I am an owner of two dogs, whom I travel with in my van quite often. If on a hot day, I try to leave them at home, but if I have to bring them along I always try to find a shaded area to park in, leave my windows down enough for the to stick the snout/face through, and always leave them with water and always keep my trip quick. Sometimes I even leave the van run (with a/c on). As animal activist/and humane society volunteer, I pride myself on encouraging animal welfare and preventing animal cruelty. Thanks for your passion for animals and concerning yourself with their welfare.
Anthony~ As a owner/raiser of dogs your whole life, you should know better than to say that 80 degrees (outside temp) is okay for animals to be in a car for 15-30 minutes. Do your research my friend. According to an article on PETA's website: "On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes." For those that think leaving animals in vehicles with no relief from the heat, I ask this question: Would you leave a baby or child in that same vehicle in the same conditions? Probably not.