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North Haven police warn people about leaving dogs in hot vehicles

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North Haven police said animal control officers have responded to several reports of dogs left in hot vehicles.

Animal Control Officer Dave Carney said one call was on Devine Street, and another was at Stop and Shop.

“We get calls all the time, all summer long but especially when it gets hot,” Carney said. “You think you're going into the store really quick but something always comes up and it takes longer to come out to the dog and you would have to have anything happen to your best friend.”

Animal control officials took to their Facebook page to say that on a 78 degree day, the temperature inside a car can soar to 100 degrees in just a few minutes.

They went on to write that on a 90 degree day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 109 in less than 10 minutes.

A dog doesn't sweat like humans do, so they can die of heat stroke within 15 minutes.

"It's basically by panting and if they're breathing in hot air, they're not going to lower their temperature," Carney said.

The effects of leaving a dog or any pet in a hot car could be deadly. Some dog owners say they don't do it for that reason.

“There is no reason to risk the life of your family member just because it's convenient to you,” said Jeff Ahren, who is a dog owner.

He says if you see a dog left in a hot car, you should call your local animal control or police to report it and wait by the car.

A dog's owner could be arrested and face animal cruelty charges if the dog dies or is in serious danger, but usually a warning is given.

You're also reminded not to break a window or try to get into the car, because you don't know how that dog will react.

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