​Tyrann Mathieu PETA: NFL Player Lasted Eight Minutes For Public Service Announcement

Author: Kara GilmourBy:
Staff Reporter
Jul. 18, 2015

Tyrann Mathieu’s PETA service announcement hit home with a lot of pet owners in an effort to understand the ramifications of leaving their dog in the vehicle on a summer day. The Arizona Cardinals defensive back, known as Honey Badger, sat inside a hot car for a PETA PSA that will soon air, according to New York Daily News.

Mathieu, 23, sat in the vehicle to prove how dangerous it can be to leave dogs inside of motor vehicles. Tyrann was drenched in sweat in a matter of minutes as the temperature rose inside the car.

“This is ultimately what it feels like to be a dog trapped inside of a car on a hot day,” he said. “If you’re going to make a dog a part of your family, then make him a part of your family. Don’t treat him like you wouldn’t treat someone you cared about or someone you loved.”

Tyrann Mathieu PETA challenge lasted 8 minutes inside a hot vehicle

Tyrann Mathieu’s PETA challenge lasted just eight minutes to help raise awareness for car heat hazards. He suffered inside the vehicle as the temperature reached 120 degrees.

It is an important reminder that cars are not babysitters and leaving your dog inside of a hot car can have devastating consequences. According to PETA, parked cars are deathtraps for dogs.

“Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car-even for ‘just a minute’-while they run an errand. Parked cars are deathtraps for dogs: On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 100 and 120 degrees in just minutes, and on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes,” PETA said in a statement.

Tyrann is accustomed to the extremely hot temperatures in Arizona, but you wouldn’t know that by watching him in the vehicle. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in just 15 minutes.

Beating the heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting and by sweating through their paw pads. If you wouldn’t put your dog in a frying pan, please don’t make him or her walk on hot pavement.

Mathieu reminded everyone that if you see a dog left alone in a hot car, take down the car’s color, model, make, and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings, or call local humane authorities or police. Have someone keep an eye on the dog.

It’s also important not do leave the scene until the situation has been resolved. You can be the only hope for an animal in need.

Tyrann Mathieu’s PETA service announcement proved that being in a hot car is very dangerous. The defensive back joined the Arizona Cardinals in 2013.

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