Las Vegas Sun

February 20, 2019

Currently: 33° — Complete forecast

Letter to the editor:

Parked cars are deadly for dogs

Every year, dogs suffer and die when careless people leave them in parked cars, even for just a minute or two, while they run an errand.

On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can soar to 100-120 degrees in minutes. On a 90-degree day the inside temperature can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.

Leaving windows open a crack doesn’t eliminate the danger of heat stroke or death. The heat is extra tough for dogs because they can only cool themselves by panting or sweating through their paw pads.

If you come across a dog in distress, call 311 or animal control to report it. Please be a responsible owner and leave your animals at home where they are safe. Nothing with a heartbeat should be left in any vehicle.