By Police Chief Berg
At no time ever should children be left unattended inside a vehicle. This is especially true in the summer. When temperatures outside hit the 90 degree range, the inside temperature of a vehicle can easily hit 150 degrees.
Leaving a pet in your vehicle is also quite senseless. The interior of the vehicle becomes like an oven within a few minutes when temperatures reach the 80’s and 90’s. There is now legislation being considered in the State that would make it a felony to leave a dog inside a hot vehicle.
According to the Humane Society:
- 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.
Every summer, our officers respond to pets left in hot vehicles. Our officers, more often than not, are forced to break windows to rescue the animal in despair. Charges then are also filed for animal abuse/cruelty.
If you truly love your pets, leave them at home.