Well, since my post yesterday suggested keeping a dog in a crate in a vehicle, I thought this would be an interesting post.
Here's a link to an article related to a dog that was left in a pickup truck.
What is your opinion? Do you think it is ok or not to leave a dog in a car/truck/van?
My opinion - each scenario is different. Here are some guidelines:
1 - If it is not too hot or too cold, than it is ok. The dogs are better prepared for cold weather than we are (though not hot - be careful with that end!). If you have a short haired dog, you might want to get a jacket/sweater/coat for it to help it stay warm (general guideline - if your dog is shivering after a walk in the cold weather than it needs a jacket!).
2 - If we provide them with what they need than I don't see a problem. Give them water, fresh air and keep the temperatures at a decent level and they should be fine.
3 - If the owner goes out and checks on the dog regularly (like every couple of hours ... even every 4 would do) than they should be fine
How would this be different from all those dogs that have to live in outdoor kennels? Well, for one, it would be warmer not to mention that they are able to be up on the seat with soft cushions. Two, you are out there a few times through the day (attention they wouldn't get from being in a kennel).
Why does Canine Control and Police get called out to an instance like this if they don't shutdown kennels? My opinion is that they should start cracking down on the worse offenders where the dogs are in real trauma.