I have absolutely zero tolerance for animal abuse and the mistreatment of animals–especially when it's someone's own pet.

The summer heat has arrived and has been stirring up commotion and awareness about not leaving your dog or pets in a hot car, even if you're just running into a store for a quick errand.

What some people don't comprehend is that it only takes a few minutes for a vehicle's inner temperature to spike to dangerous conditions. Often, even a cracked window isn't enough to extinguish the stifling heat, making it not only difficult to breathe but is simply life-threatening.

Want to know what I just did?

Outdoor temperatures were around 76 degrees and my all-black external and internal SUV has been roasting in the sun for about 10 hours.

Some may say that 76 degrees is nothing compared to the almost 100 degree days we've experienced over the past week, but I can assure you that it's still just as dangerous.

Immediately, as soon as I closed the door behind me, entrapping me inside the scorching hot vehicle, I started the stopwatch on my laptop and went LIVE on my personal Facebook page for safety precaution. A co-worker was standing just outside my vehicle in case I fainted or passed out or needed assistance of any sort.

Each minute that ticked by, every second that passed, beads of sweat began covering my skin. It was getting really warm and tough to breathe.

Unfortunately, right around the 16-minute mark, my phone ended up overheating and shut itself off automatically while the fan in my laptop began whirring about in a loud and crazy manner.

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That's when I knew it was time to get out.

In case you're uneducated about Senator Mark C. Montigny's Good Samaritan Law of Massachusetts, allow me to sum it up.

If a person or animal is witnessed inside of a vehicle during harsh conditions and the windows are up and the air conditioning is off, and that person or animal seems distressed, then here are the actions to take in the following order:

  1. Contact your local authorities or police department.
  2. Tell them that you plan on breaking the window and then follow instructions from there; they will send help immediately.
  3. However, if you notice extreme discomfort or life-threatening signs, and the owner is nowhere to be found, then you can break the window, but be careful and mindful of the victim inside.
  4. Once the victim (person or animal) has been freed and extracted from the car, be sure to stay with them or the animal until authorities have arrived at the scene and be ready to give information concerning the situation.

Basically, if you follow the rules and you have a heart, there will be no problem.

Please do NOT attempt this, for it was only an experiment. Stay safe during harsh heat and think more about the safety of your children and pets. It just might save their lives someday.