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Thursday July 17th, 2014

Posted at 4:32pm

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The Windsor-Essex County Humane Society says that despite years of messages about the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car, animal welfare officers have investigated 19 complaints of dogs in hot cars in the first half of July.

They warn that it’s easy for pet owners to underestimate just how quickly a car can heat up, even when it’s “only for a minute”. That mistake could cost your pet his life.

They say that in under 10 minutes the temperature in a parked car, even in the shade with the windows partly open, can rapidly reach a level that will seriously harm or even kill your pet.

If you see an animal in a car on a warm or humid day who you believe may be in trouble, you are urged to ask nearby stores to page customers. If the dog is in distress or the owner can’t be found then they ask you to call the Humane Society at 519-966-5751 or local police.

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