13 June 2011

Simon Cowell urges people to leave their dogs home during warm weather

Music executive and television personality Simon Cowell takes issue with people who leave their dogs in a parked car during warm weather in a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for the animal rights group PETA.

The X Factor judge, not known to mince words, cuts to the chase in the 30 second spot by stating “Never, ever leave your dog inside a parked car.”

Maybe next time the former American Idol villain/hero should be a bit less ambiguous.

All jokes aside Mr. Cowell is right, leaving your pooch in a parked car, with or without the windows cracked, is a bad idea.

According to a Stanford University study, it took only one hour for the inside of a car to reach 116 degrees while the outside temperature was a pleasant 72 degrees.

And yes leaving your windows cracked has very little effect on the interior temperature of a car, so spare us that argument.

So if the idea of your beloved four legged companion succumbing to nerve damage, liver damage and even death—within mere minutes in some cases—doesn’t appeal to you, follow Mr. Cowell’s advice and “in warm weather keep him safe at home.”

Simon Cowell’s “Dogs in Hot Cars” PETA ad will air this summer.

Eric Fortney | @elfortney | email
Eric is the co-founder and executive editor of the animal rights and eco-friendly news source, This Dish Is Veg. In addition to his work at TDIV, Eric is a father of three, runner, and lover of the outdoors.

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