December 9, 2010
It may be cold outside, but the Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles is warning residents about the dangers of leaving their pets in hot cars.
At the urging of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, the agency has devoted a page on its Website to discussing leaving pets unattended in hot weather and the need to restrain pets while driving.
PETA says Nevada, California and Idaho have added warnings about leaving animals in hot vehicles to their driver's manuals. A PETA official said Virginia could set an example by posting it on the DMV Website.
Dogs left in cars in the heat can suffer from a heatstroke and die in a matter of minutes . The Website urges drivers to leave their pets at home.