Animal officials warn against leaving your pets in a hot car

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WICHITA, Kansas — Wichita Animal  Control receives dozens of calls on a weekly basis about people leaving their pets in the car and with this summer heat the move could get you in trouble with the law.

It was around 97 degrees in Wichita Saturday afternoon and you could only imagine how hot it can get for a dog with the all the windows rolled up.

Dispatcher: Sedgwick County 911. What city is your emergency in?

Caller: Wichita.

Caller: There’s a silver vehicle over here and has a dog locked inside of it, windows are up and it’s acting like it’s dying basically. 

This isn’t the first time that someone had to call 911 to report what police say is animal cruelty and abuse.

“You never leave an animal unattended in the car,” said Dr. Jan Hinshaw, Veterinary Emergency and Specialty Hospital of Wichita.

Dr. Hinshaw says it’s a dangerous move that could turn deadly for the animal.

“You wouldn’t go in and leave your child in the car for just five minutes,” said Dr. Hinshaw. “We all heard the horror stories of what happens with that.”

Hinshaw tells KSN News that the heat inside of a car is different compared to when you’re standing outside.

“When you roll your car window even if you just leave one crack that does not allow the heat to escape and it builds up and it turns into an oven,” said Dr. Hinshaw.

Dogs are prone to overheating because of their fur.

They can experience seizures, liver damage, and even brain damage when left unattended not only in a car, but even when playing outside.

“I think the owners don’t actually realize that the dog has been in the car for about 20 minutes or 30 just sitting in the heat,” said Alicia Rosipal, dog owner. “How will it affect them you know let alone a dog?”

Leaving your dog in the car when it’s hot out could also result in criminal charges like animal cruelty and animal abuse.


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