August 18, 2014

For immediate release:
(Charlottesville, VA) According to scientific research, even in temperatures
as low as 70 degrees, dogs left in cars with the windows partially open can begin
to suffer heatstroke within ten minutes
!ow, the creator of "#A$%&''()*+, a new website that is dedicated to
raising awareness of this danger, is seeking to form ,dog patrols- to walk or drive
through shopping malls, to spot and alert police to dogs that are locked in hot cars
"#A$%&''()*+ creator Jon Sutz says the inspiration for this effort was a
story he read about a Canadian shopping mall that recently launched a ,pet
patrol,- after police broke into a hot car to rescue a dog (
“Reading about what the Mini Mac Mall in Halifax, Nova Scotia did, to help save
dogs from suffering in hot cars, inspired me to want to create a similar program right here
in Charlottesville, V,! says (ut1, a multimedia graphic designer and writer
“Charlottesville is ver" sophisticated, dog#loving college town, "et $ have witnessed, and
videotaped, numerous incidents of dogs being left in hot cars% &hat stor" about the Mini
Mac Mall reall" spar'ed in me a desire to create pet patrols to help rescue at#ris' dogs%
Hopefull", if it wor's here in Charlottesville, we can ta'e the pro(ect nationwide%!
2og patrol volunteers will either walk or drive through malls in scheduled
one3 or two3hour shifts, looking for dogs left in cars, and call the police if they
determine a dog may be at risk of heatstroke
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4alls will be encouraged to donate digital heat sensors to dog patrol
volunteers and police departments, so they can accurately determine the interior
temperature of a vehicle in which a dog is confined 5ecause dog patrol volunteers
will be familiari1ed with the science of heat in confined vehicles, and the visible
signs of heatstroke in dogs, local police will know that when they receive a call
from a dog patrol, it is based legitimate concern, meriting a prompt response
#ven on a 703degree day, research shows that the temperature inside a car
with the windows partially open can rise to 06 degrees within ten minutes, and to
66 degrees within twenty minutes, placing a dog in immediate danger of heat3
stroke, or worse $o clarify this point, 7on developed the following infographic,
which demonstrates how 8uickly the temperature inside a car can rise to
dangerous levels, and integrated it into printable3embeddable flyer9
7on seeks to align himself with anyone who can donate time, knowledge, or
some other resource to help advance his website:s mission “)ne person cannot
ma'e much of of a difference,! he said “*ut perhaps, with a unif"ing website li'e
H+&,$--S%)R. behind us, those who are concerned about this issue can (oin together to
help save dogs from such unnecessar" suffering, and death%!
For more information, contact Jon at 434-825-8428 or

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