Pets and Heat

By: Melissa Reynolds
By: Melissa Reynolds

Sunday's temperatures topped out at 88 degrees, which could spell trouble for your four legged friends.

Harrisonburg police say they responded to eight calls this weekend where people left their pet in the car for a long period of time.

If you absolutely have to do that, make sure to roll the windows down, leave water for the animal and if possible have someone stay with the pet until you get back.

Police are worried this is becoming a big problem.

"People are coming into town and shopping and they stop at Valley Mall and other places and leave their animal in the car with the temperature getting hotter and hotter each day with the windows up tight it's getting hotter and hotter in the car," Sgt. Jerry Roy says.

If you leave your pet in the car, you could be charged with cruelty to animals and fined up to $2,500.


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