While most people know not to leave their dogs in hot cars, it is still happening as summer nears.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is reminding pet owners yet again not to leave their animals in hot cars after they had to rescue a small dog who was left in a car in a Santa Clarita Walmart parking lot.
Deputies responded to the scene after a little pup was seen locked in a Toyota Corolla. While temperatures were in the 80s outside, the car interior quickly reached triple digits.
The officers had a tow truck come and open the vehicle so they could safely get the dog out. One of the deputies bent down and offered the thirsty pup a cup of water.
Nearly an hour after police arrived on the scene, the couple who owned the dog walked out of Walmart. When questioned, they told police that they didn’t think they were gone that long.
They were not cited or arrested, but animal control officials will be notified. The dog was also returned to them.
Temperatures can rise extremely quickly in cars, and it can be deadly to leave animals inside. Animals should never be left in them, no matter how quick you’re going to be.
According to the Humane Society, when it’s only 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees within an hour. When it’s just 80 degrees outside, the temperature in your car can reach 99 degrees within 10 minutes. Even rolling down a window has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.