How to Keep Your Pets Safe in the Summer

STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV)-- Police are trying to spread the word about the dangers of leaving your animals in the car.

According to Waynesboro Police, they get two to three calls a week about dogs being left in hot cars.This is why police and animal advocacy groups are trying to raise awareness.

Mackenzie Ryder owns two huskies. She said she gets upset when she hears stories about dogs being abandoned in hot cars.

Experts said on a warm sunny day, it only takes about ten minutes for temperatures in a car to reach anywhere from 100 to 120 degrees.
It only takes 15 minutes for a dog sitting in those temperatures to suffer from heatstroke or brain damage.

With just minutes making a difference, Ryder said dog owners need to be more responsible.

"I guess they think that if they just run in really fast, it won't get too hot and it'll be okay but they hear everywhere that you shouldn't do it.,' said Ryder. 'if you know you're going to go somewhere where you need to go inside just don't take your dog with you, just leave it at home." is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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