Hot temperatures dangerous for pets in cars

Juan Gutierrez
Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 11:30pm

With temperatures nearing triple digits almost every day, the temperature inside a car can quickly become dangerous for pets locked up inside.

The temperature inside a car can spike about 20 degrees in 10 minutes making it deadly for pets.

"I think there's about two months or three months out of the year where you just have to leave them at home," said David Pierre, who owns a black labrador.

Pierre said the lack of rainfall and blistering sun makes it unsafe for his pet to be locked up in a car.

In May, Justin Ortiz left two puppies and their mother locked up in a car in 80 degree weather.

A neighbor reported the dogs to the sheriff's office and they found their body temperatures were at more than 100 degrees.

The mother had a seizure and died.

"Once an animal starts seizing from heat stroke the chances of them recovering are extremely thin," said Dr. Beth Vesco-Mock of the Animal Service Center of the Mesilla Valley.

Even though there is a strong attachment to pets it's a good idea to leave them at home during the summer months.

"I love my two dogs, I love them with all my heart but they are not in the cars with us right now," Vesco-Mock said.



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