Dogs left in hot cars

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT News)-- Mesa County Animal Services has received a surge of calls about dogs being left in hot cars recently.

With the high temperatures, Animal Services says that leaving any pet in a hot car can be dangerous. If you do see an animal left in a car, officials say to first look for the owner. Then the next step should be to call law enforcement. Unless you have permission from police, you should not attempt to rescue an animal from a car. Breaking into a car to rescue a dog can be destruction of property.

"Within just a few minutes of being in a hot car, a dog can start to suffer some pretty detrimental effects. And it doesn't take long to get to the point where a dog can die of heat stroke," says Executive Director of Roice-Hurst, Anna Stout.

Cracking a window isn't safe for dogs since they can still overheat. Even leaving the air conditioning on is dangerous, as your car could stop running. The best thing to do, according to Animal Services, is just don’t leave dogs in cars at all.

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