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BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -
Green Police are warning pet owners not to leave their pets inside hot cars. If
you're caught doing this, you could be looking at serious charges.
police are currently investigating two cases where dogs were left inside hot
cars for extended amounts of time while their owners ran errands. The cases
were reported as animal cruelty.
Control Officer Thomas Sieving says many people don't realize how quickly
temperatures can rise inside a car. He says temperatures can rise to 120
degrees inside a vehicle in as little as 10 minutes – causing a dog stuck
inside to go into shock and possibly die.
that happens, the owner faces serious charges and even jail time.
not illegal to have a dog in the car, but if it gets to the condition where the
dog is in trouble, then they could be charged with animal cruelty," Sieving
said. "You don't want to be charged with animal cruelty. That will stick with
you for the rest of your life."
easiest way to avoid those charges is to leave your pet at home when running
errands. If you have to take them with you, make sure your windows are rolled
down so they can get plenty of fresh air.