Dangers behind pets overheating in cars

- A quick trip into the store is enough time for a pet to overheat in your car.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Officer J.M Broadie showed FOX 46 Charlotte just how hot it gets in a car in a matter of seconds.

All CMPD officers carry infra-red thermometers. They take temperature readings of a vehicle from the outside but when Broadie took the thermometer inside the car, it read over 100 degrees.

If a police officer sees a parked pet in distress, they will break your car window to get the animal out. Not only will you have to fix your car window but you could potentially face felony charges under the Animal Cruelty Law.

So far CMPD has handed out 28 abuse citations to people who have left their pets in a car.

But overheating can happen anywhere in a car or outside the car, on the pavement.

If you are talking your dog on a walk, there is a test you can do. Take the backside of your hand and put it on the pavement for five seconds. If it's too hot for you, it's too hot for them.

Here are some other tips to cool down your hot dog:

  • Use a kiddy pool
  • Carry water bottles and bowls
  • Walk your pet in the morning and night when it's cooler.

CMPD Animal care and Control told FOX 46 Charlotte if you do see an animal in distress, call 911. If the animal is in danger, but still appears okay, call 311

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