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With Temps Rising, Don't Leave Pets In Parked Cars, Norwalk Police Warn

Norwalk Police are warning residents not to leave their pets in parked cars.
Norwalk Police are warning residents not to leave their pets in parked cars. Photo Credit: Norwalk Police Department

NORWALK, Conn. -- With temperatures rising ahead of the beginning of summer, pet owners need to be aware of the dangers of leaving their pets in parked cars.

"Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles," the Norwalk Police Department said in a Facebook post. "We've heard the excuses: "Oh, it will just be a few minutes while I go into the store," or "But I cracked the windows..." These excuses don't amount to much if your pet becomes seriously ill or dies from being left in a vehicle."

The temperature inside a car parked outside in the hot sun can rise rapidly. In just 10 minutes, it can rise almost 20 degrees, Norwalk Police said. After an hour, the temperature can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature, so on a 70 degree day it can be 110 degrees inside the car.

"Please make smart choices for your pet. Don't subject them to these extreme temperatures by leaving them in a car," Norwalk Police said.

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