Pet Owners Warned About Dangers of Leaving Pets in Hot Cars

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Chicago, IL – Chicago pet owners are being warned about the dangers of leaving their animals in hot cars as temperatures soar. The ASPCA has issued an urgent reminder that vehicles can quickly become deadly for pets, even with the windows cracked.

On an 85-degree day, the interior temperature of a car can reach 102 degrees within just ten minutes. Within 30 minutes, it can climb to a scorching 120 degrees. This rapid increase can lead to severe heatstroke or death, particularly for young, overweight, elderly animals, or breeds with short muzzles and thick or dark-colored coats.

According to the ASPCA, even seemingly safe measures like parking in the shade offer little protection, as shady spots move with the sun throughout the day. Many states, including Illinois, have laws prohibiting leaving pets unattended in vehicles under dangerous conditions. Violating these laws can result in criminal charges and significant fines.

The ASPCA advises pet owners to leave their pets at home during hot weather or bring them inside with them when running errands. If you see an animal trapped in a hot car, attempt to locate the owner or call 911. Stay with the vehicle until assistance arrives to ensure the pet’s safety.

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