NFL Player Locks Himself in Hot Car to Prove Dogs Can't Take the Heat

by Meredith B. Kile 10:09 PM PDT, July 17, 2015
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They call NFL player Tyrann Mathieu the "Honey Badger," ostensibly because he "don’t care." But the Arizona Cardinals free safety proved that he does care about the dangers of leaving your dog in a hot car when he teamed up with PETA to make a PSA on the issue.

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Mathieu proved his point by shutting himself in an SUV parked in 90-degree summer heat. Unsurprisingly, he started sweating and fanning himself after just a few minutes.

"I seriously couldn't imagine leaving my dog in the car like this," Mathieu said.

The 23-year-old could only take eight minutes in the severe heat, a shorter time than most people leave their dogs in the car while running errands. The video also points out that while Mathieu’s t-shirt was drenched in sweat, dogs don’t have the capacity to sweat to cool themselves.

"If you're going to make a dog a part of your family, then make him a part of your family," Mathieu said. "Don't treat him like you wouldn't treat someone you cared about or someone you loved."

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