NFL Player Demonstrates the Dangers of Leaving Your Dog Locked in a Hot Car

Arizona Cardinals‘ free safety Tyrann Mathieu, aka ‘the Honeybadger’ is known as one of the toughest and most tenacious players in the NFL.  Mathieu loves dogs and wants to encourage dog owners to stop leaving their dogs in parked cars while they run errands and are out and about this summer.  So he teamed up with PETA to show just how hot parked cars can get by sitting in a vehicle for eight minutes in the Arizona heat.  But, even he couldn’t with stand the discomfort and danger from the scorching hot temperatures that pets endure when left alone inside a hot car.

Mathieu starts by getting inside a parked car in direct sunlight with outside temperatures around 90 degrees.  After a few minutes in the vehicle and the extreme temperatures, you can see him visibly sweating and rubbing his eyes as he is.  He repeatedly fans himself to cool off, which ultimately proves ineffective.

By minute four, the temperature inside the car has reached 105 degrees and Mathieu  is shown wiping beads of sweat from his forehead.

“I seriously couldn’t imagine leaving my dog in a car like this,” Mathieu says in the video. “If you’re going to make a dog a part of your family, then make him a part of your family.”

At minute six, the temperature has climbed to 113 degrees.

“I can’t wait to get out of this car,” he says.

After 8 minutes and with the temperature soaring to 120 degrees, Mathieu taps out and exits the car. He’s drenched in sweat, bent over with his hands on his knees and accepts a water bottle that is placed in his hand as the heat is no match for even the most well conditioned professional athlete.

It’s worth noting that, as the video points also out, dogs can’t sweat like Mathieu is able to, so they can’t cool themselves off in extreme temperatures.  Watch the entire video from PETA below:

Here’s a great tweet and infographic from the folks at PetPlan Insurance to explain why hot cars are so dangerous.

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