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Tips to keep your pets safe on hot summer days

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Posted at 12:34 PM, Jun 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-15 15:34:35-04

The City of Sierra Vista would like to remind the public about pet safety during hot days.  

In early June, the Sierra Vista Police Department rescued two dogs at a local shopping center locked inside a pickup truck with slightly opened windows, but lacking water.  

“On a 90-degree day the temperature inside a car can quickly soar to as high as 140 degrees,” said Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center Supervisor Arleen Garcia.

Leaving animals trapped inside hot vehicles is illegal under state law. Animals may suffer from brain damage or suffocate as Garcia explained.

On an 87-degree day, asphalt may reach up to 140 degrees, harming unprotected paws according to PETA.  

“If you’re in doubt, try testing the pavement with the back of your hand,” Garcia said. “If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your dog.”

If you notice an animal locked inside a vehicle on a hot day, find the owners immediately, contact the police at (520) 458-3311 or the Nancy J. Brua Animal Care Center at (520) 458-4151.