Animal Control Officer: Don’t Leave Pets in Hot Cars

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BRUNSWICK, Ohio -- It's been a busy week in the heat for Brunswick Animal Control Officer Mike Kellums.

"We have received calls of animals in cars or left in the backyard without proper shelter or water," said Officer Kellums.

Kellums says in 90-degree temperatures like these, officers respond to every call.

"We try to make contact with the owner. If it's at a retail establishment, we will have them paged. If we can't locate the owner, we will obviously enter the vehicle and remove the animal," said Officer Kellums.

That's because every second inside the car is dangerous for animals, especially dogs.

They cool themselves off by breathing, so whatever the temperature inside the car, that is what the dogs are cooling themselves with.

"It could be a matter of minutes, especially in the weather we've been having the last three or four days. If it is 90 degrees outside, it could reach 120, 130 degrees inside within minutes of leaving the vehicle," added Officer Kellums.

Temperatures are expected to drop in the next few days. However, officers say it is still dangerous to leave your animals in the car.

"Even on a 70-degree day, the car could still reach 90 degrees," said Officer Kellums.

Over at a busy shopping center parking lot in Brunswick, people say to just leave the dog at home.

"I wouldn't leave my dog or my cat in the car! Animals are part of your family! We're hot, they're hot! Take care of your animals. It's not a good place to be," said Kim Watkins, of Brunswick.

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