Temperatures Inside Vehicles May Become Deadly in a Matter of Minutes

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With record breaking temperatures this week, your car can heat up to deadly temperatures in a matter of minutes. Folks over at the Rancho Coastal Humane Society reminded dog owners it’s never a good idea to leave your pet in the car.

“It’s just so fast. So hot,” said John Van Zante, Spokesman for Rancho Coastal Humane Society. “People get caught off guard.”

Leaving man’s best friend in the car, for even just a quick run into the store, can be a matter of life and death.

“That’s already long enough that the damage can be done,” said Van Zante. “Damage that can claim a life.”

In Encinitas Tuesday, the thermometer read 89 degrees outside in the early afternoon. In just a matter of minutes, the temperature inside the car just to 114 degrees. Less than ten minutes later, it skyrocketed to 150 degrees.

“I don’t think it’s ever a good idea to leave your pet in the car, particularly during weather like this,” said Van Zante.

Van Zante said dogs don’t sweat, like you and I. Instead, they pant and show other symptoms.

He said you should keep an eye out for rapid panting, nausea, and reddening in the ears.

Van Zante mentioned that heat exhaustion can lead to heat stroke and that means you need to seek help quickly.

“If one person sees it, instead of stopping at the store, they look in their rear view mirror and see that furry face and decide not to do it,” said Van Zante. “Then we just saved a life.”

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