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Bristol woman draws attention to plight of pets in hot cars

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BRISTOL, CT (WFSB) -

After seeing a pet stuck in a hot motor vehicle, a Bristol woman created a video to help educate the public. 

Melissa Cummings was walking in a parking lot last week when she noticed a dog trapped inside a hot car. She notified security, who contacted police, and thankfully the dog was OK.

But, Cummings said she was still troubled by the incident.

"Seeing this it compelled me to make a video to reach out and say something," Cummings said. 

Cummings, who is an animal lover herself, said she wanted to be able to give animals a voice, so she sat in her parked car, rolled up the windows and started recording a cell phone video.

"I have a headache, I'm nauseous, I'm really lightheaded," Cummings said during the video. "I feel like I'm going to throw up right now."

Cummings stayed in the car for an hour.

"I had a sports bra and spandex on, and you know, I was sweating," she said.  "I was feeling horrible and I just can't imagine what that would be like if I had a fur coat on."

A car's windows act like a greenhouse and traps heat from the summer sun. Eyewitness News tested it out by put a thermometer in a car -with the windows rolled up. It reached a whopping 118 degrees.

Even when the outside temperatures are in the 60s, a car's inside temperature can rise well above 110 degrees. 

"It's a sauna in there," Cummings said. 

Animal activist group PETA released a similar public service announcement on YouTube titled how long can this NFL player tough it out in a hot car? The Arizona Cardinals' Tyrann Mathieu stepped up to the challenge and showed just how bad it can get.

"If you're going to make a dog a part of your family, make him a part of your family," he said. "Don't treat him like someone you cared about or someone you loved."

Just like Cummings, Mathieu became flushed and poured sweat as the temperature quickly soared.Cummings hopes her video relays a clear message.

"It's not worth having your pet being part of the statistic," she said,

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