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Police warn pet owners the heat’s on

Guelph police are warning of the dangers of leaving pets in cars on hot days, after responding to three complaints of dogs left in cars on Monday, bringing the total to 10 this month.
Every year, dogs suffer and die when their guardians make the mistake of leaving them in a parked car. When it’s 25 C outside, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to between 38 and 50 C in just minutes, a news release said.
On a 32 C day, the interior temperature of a car can reach 71 C in less than 10 minutes, it said.
These conditions are particularly hard on dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting or by sweating through their paw pads. Animals can sustain brain damage or even die from heatstroke in 15 minutes, the release said.
“If your dog can stay alone in the car, then your dog can stay alone at home,” it said.
Police are reminding owners that they could be liable for criminal charges for leaving a dog in a hot car.

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