Carrboro, NC – I realize that there are many stories in the news of this happening, but apparently it is still not hitting home with some people.
The temperature outside is not relative to the temperature inside a vehicle, and it only takes minutes to reach temps over 100 degrees even when its only 75 outside.
On June 10, Deb Cunningham learned this lesson the hard way. Deb is a program director at an organization called Eyes, Ears, Nose and Paws. They are a non-profit organization that trains and places service and diabetic assistance dogs.
On that particular day, Worthy, a 2 year old golden retriever, was suffering separation anxiety so Cunningham took him to the office. Worthy had completed his training and was scheduled to be placed with his new client the following week.
Because it was only 73 degrees and she parked in the shade (at high noon with the windows up) Cunningham thought the dog would be fine in the car. Worthy was left in the car to avoid upsetting him as his foster mom was attending the office that afternoon.
2 hours later, when Cunningham returned to the vehicle, Worthy was unconscious and panting. When she arrived at the vet his temperature was 109.
EENP Executive director Maria Ikenberry says the car was “not hot” when they discovered Worthy and that he was probably anxious and ran circles in the car and overheated.
Sadly, Worthy suffered cardiac arrest and died the next day at Triangle Veterinary Hospital.
The organization is considering disciplinary actions against Cunningham and The Carborro Police are investigating a charge of animal cruelty.
R.I.P Worthy. Here’s a video of Worthy from the EENP Website.