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DANGER: Pets left in car can die from skyrocketing temps

BOWLING GREEN, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Bowling Green Police are warning pet owners not to leave their pets inside hot cars. If you're caught doing this, you could be looking at serious charges.

The police are currently investigating two cases where dogs were left inside hot cars for extended amounts of time while their owners ran errands. The cases were reported as animal cruelty.

Animal Control Officer Thomas Sieving says many people don't realize how quickly temperatures can rise inside a car. He says temperatures can rise to 120 degrees inside a vehicle in as little as 10 minutes – causing a dog stuck inside to go into shock and possibly die.

If that happens, the owner faces serious charges and even jail time.

"It's not illegal to have a dog in the car, but if it gets to the condition where the dog is in trouble, then they could be charged with animal cruelty," Sieving said. "You don't want to be charged with animal cruelty. That will stick with you for the rest of your life."

The easiest way to avoid those charges is to leave your pet at home when running errands. If you have to take them with you, make sure your windows are rolled down so they can get plenty of fresh air.

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