For immediate release:
June 17, 2022
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Palm Desert, California. – A Compassionate Action Award is on her way from PETA to Sue Harvey, who broke into a vehicle to rescue a dog that had allegedly been cooped up for at least 45 minutes on a 102 degree day.
Harvey reports that when she saw the dog in the parking lot of The Shops in Palm Desert on June 1, she called 911 — and knowing the animal’s life was in imminent danger, asked passersby for help, borrowed a hammer from one of them, and broke the windshield of the car. An animal control officer rushed the dog to a veterinary clinic, where she was treated for heat stroke. Her temperature was 104.9 degrees — just 1.1 degrees lower than the temperature that can kill or cause irreversible brain damage in dogs. As Harvey told PETA, “I’d do it all over again if I had to” — and she bought her own hammer to keep in her car for future emergencies.
“The internal temperature of a parked car can reach deadly triple digits in just minutes, so every second counts for a dog trapped inside,” said PETA Senior Vice President Colleen O’Brien. “PETA honors Sue Harvey for saving this dog’s life and reminds us all to do whatever it takes to help vulnerable animals.”
Within minutes, the temperature in a parked car can reach 94 degrees on a 75-degree day or 109 degrees on a 90-degree day. This year, 10 dogs have already died in hot cars. At least 59 animals died in 2021 heat-related causes and an additional 145 animals have reportedly been rescued from potentially fatal situations – and since these numbers only include media reported incidents, the actual numbers are certainly much higher.
Anyone who sees a dog in a parked car should take immediate action: Note the color, make, model, and license plate of the vehicle and hasten to have nearby businesses call the owner. If they can’t be found, call 911 – and if the authorities don’t respond, do whatever it takes to save a life. California law protects Good Samaritans who rescue animals.
Harvey receives a framed certificate, delicious vegan chocolate bars and a “Too Hot for Spot” sunscreen for her car from PETA, which also offers emergency hammers for intervening in life-or-death situations†
PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to abuse in any way” — opposes speciesism, a worldview that man dominated. For more information, visitPETA.orgor follow the groupTwitter†facebookorInstagram†