Heatstroke tragedies in Walmart parking lots

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(1) Tragedies

(2) July 2013: A Canadian Walmart employee alleges she was fired for asking man to not leave his dog in a car on a hot day, as he shopped at Walmart

(1) Tragedies

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Group breaks window to help three dogs in hot car (Walmart), WJAR (

Dog left in hot car at Collierville Walmart, ActionNews5 (Collierville, TN), July 28, 2022.

Dog left in hot car at Frazer Township Walmart, owner charged, CBS Pittsburgh (PA), June 17, 2022.

Las Vegas woman accused of leaving dogs in hot SUV while she shopped (Walmart), Fox13memphis.com (TN),

Police: Georgia pet owner left puppy in hot car nearly an hour as she shopped at Walmart, WCJL (Duluth, GA), June 30, 2021.

Naugatuck man charged after dog left in hot car at Walmart, Fox61.com (CT), July 22, 2020.

Video: Florida woman leaves dog in hot car 3 hours at Walmart, dog dies: Police, WTVO (Rockford, IL), Aug 24, 2019:

Police: Dogs left caged in hot trailer, driver arrested (Walmart), WJAR (RI), July 19, 2019.

Dog Left In Hot Car At Secaucus Walmart, Woman Arrested, Secaucus, NJ Patch, September 11, 2018.

Dog rescued from hot vehicle in Walmart parking lot, officials say, WFTV, Orange County (FL), July 24, 2018.

Owner of dog left in hot car at Walmart spent night in jail for shoplifting, police say, CentralMaine.com, July 11, 2018.

Deputy on patrol in Pahrump spots dog in hot car (Walmart), Pahrump Valley Times (NV), July 6, 2018.

Dog dies after being left in hot car at Alabama Walmart for 7 hours: report,NOLA.com, July 5, 2018.

VIDEO: Charges expected after dog left in hot car dies (Walmart), The Trussville Tribune (Alabama), July 4, 2018.

Deputy breaks car window to rescue dog in hot Walmart parking lot, ABC7 Los Angeles, May 9, 2018.

Dog saved from hot car at Iowa Walmart parking lot, owner cited, WNDU (South Bend, IN), July 22, 2017.

2 dogs left in hot vehicles at Renfrew Walmart on Monday, OPP say, CBC News (Canada), August 18, 2015.

5 Dogs Left in a Hot Car Die in Walmart Parking Lot, The Dogington Post, .

Dog Left in Hot Car at Oconee Walmart, Two Charged With Animal Cruelty, Oconee, GA Patch, July 18, 2012.

(2) July 2013: A Canadian Walmart employee alleges she was fired for asking man to not leave his dog in a car on a hot day, as he shopped at Walmart

Note: The temperature in Toronto at the time of this incident, on July 9, 2013, was between 70-77 degrees, with 85-94% humidity (source). As documented here, leaving a dog in a vehicle, even with the windows partially open (allegedly one inch, from the first link below), could quickly prove deadly to a dog, in these conditions.

Wal-mart employee fired after reporting dog in hot truck, CBC News (Canada), July 10, 2013.

Walmart Employee Warns Customer About Dog Locked in Car, Loses Job, Yahoo News, July 11, 2013.

Walmart denies employee fired over dispute about pet in hot car,The Star (Toronto, Canada), July 12, 2013.

About Jon

I am a dog-loving visualization and graphic designer, writer and creative consultant. My professional bio is here. The most important, joyous job I’ve ever had, was as “dad” to Shayna, the “miracle dog” who helped to save my life after 9/11, and about whom I wrote my first book, “Saved By Shayna: Life Lessons From A Miracle Dog.” Read the Introduction here. See a short video about what made Shayna such an incredibly talented, inspiring and hilarious dog here. I created HeatKills.us (and its predecessor site, HeatKills.org) to help raise awareness of the dangers of leaving a dog in a hot car. Learn about my creation of the HeatKills project here.