Humane Society warns against leaving pets in cars

Temperatures inside cars can rise 20 degrees in 10 minutes

This week’s heat is hard on people, but can be even tougher on man’s best friend.

Dogs can’t sweat, meaning they can only control their body temperature through panting and the pads on their feet. The Coulee Region Humane Society says that’s why it’s important not to leave dogs or other pets in your car on a hot day.

They say even on a 70 degree day, temperatures inside a car can reach 90 degrees in just 10 minutes. On a day like Thursday, when it’s more than 90 degrees outside, temperatures inside the car can reach deadly levels in that amount of time.

Animal Control Supervisor Kathy KasaKaitas says rolling windows down a small amount won’t do enough to keep animals inside the car cool.

“Leaving the windows cracked open, many tests have been done, that does no difference,” said KasaKaitas. “Leaving the windows cracked open or rolling them up all the way, it really does not matter.”

Animal control officers assess every situation differently, but people who leave their pets in a hot car can face a fine of up to 260 dollars.

If you see an animal that looks like it’s been locked in a car for a long period of time, you’re encouraged to call 911 or Animal Control at the Coulee Region Humane Society at 608-781-4014.