What to do if you see a pet in a parked car

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As the weather starts heating up, The Humane Society of the United States wants pet owners to know the deadly risks of leaving pets in locked cars.

According to The Humane Society, high temperatures can cause irreparable organ damage and even death.

Here are some tips on how to help a pet left in a hot car:

  • Take down the car’s make, model and license-plate number.
  • If there are businesses nearby, notify their managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car’s owner. Many people are unaware of the danger of leaving pets in hot cars and will quickly return to their vehicle once they are alerted to the situation.
  • If the owner can’t be found, call the non-emergency number of the local police or animal control and wait by the car for them to arrive. In several states good Samaritans can legally remove animals from cars under certain circumstances, so be sure to know the laws in your area and follow any steps required.

Remember: cool outside doesn’t mean cool in the car. It doesn’t have to be warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot inside. Here are some facts:

  • When it’s 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour.
  • When it’s 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes.
  • Rolling down the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

For more information on how to keep your pets safe in the heat, visit The Humane Society of the United States website.