As the summer temperatures rise, you may come across a situation where an animal, typically a dog, has been left alone in a car that is too warm for comfort or safety. Even though it’s no secret that leaving dogs in hot cars is dangerous and often illegal, it continues to happen too frequently. So, we animal lovers should be prepared for these unfortunate and stressful situations so we can confidently act according to the urgency and severity of the situation, and minimize harm to animals from neglectful owners. Lori offers useful guidance on many aspects of dealing with dogs in hot cars including how to assess the degree of risk the dog faces, how to safely and effectively break the auto’s window to free the animal, and legal issues if you decide to take that step.
Peter is then joined by Susan Ash, Founder of SAVE, an advocacy group that is shining the spotlight on abuse and neglect against pack horses, mules and donkeys in the Grand Canyon. These animals, owned by members of the Havasupai tribe, serve the tourist trade by carrying visitors and their gear from the town of Supai down to the beautiful aqua blue Havasu Falls about 10 miles away. Ash (with the help of vacationers who have provided many photos of the suffering animals) has documented numerous instances of neglect and abuse. But, this is a lucrative business for the tribe, and it continues trying to hide the abuse. Thanks to SAVE and the brave work of Susan and her team, word is finally getting out! Please visit SAVE to learn more and to show Susan some support!
The show concludes with Dr. Robert Reed, Medical Director of VCA Rancho Mirage Animal Hospital, who speaks with Lori about toxoplasmosis in cats and risks to people. Cats are the only definitive host of toxo.