Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cops issue warning about leaving kids and pets in hot cars

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With rising temperatures it's important not to leave small children and pets inside a park vehicle. Leaving your pet and kids in a hot vehicle will not just endanger your love ones but you will also be facing the law.

Lt. Mike Budreau of the Medford Police Department said that this is a problem when spring and summer arrives.

Diana Schropp a vet at Medford's Southern Oregon Veterinary Specialty Center said that, when the temperature is getting higher from 70 Fahrenheit and above, leaving a pet in a hot car even with a cracked window and with the air-conditioning off can result to heat stroke. If the dogs temperatures get to 106 and above, the dog will have seizures since dogs have difficulties in cooling off and getting rid of excess heat. Symptoms of heat exhaustion in dogs includes forceful panting, weakness, staggering and a darker colored gum.

American Veterinary Medical Association stated that just 10 minutes inside a parked car the temperature can rise 20 degrees hotter than the air outside. It will also continue to rise every minute.

For kids, symptoms of heat exhaustion include vomiting, dizziness, fatigue, and headache.

Leaving your pet locked inside a hot parked vehicle will get you a 2nd degree animal neglect which is a Class B misdemeanor. If the pet is injured or dies, you will get a 1st degree animal neglect which is a Class A misdemeanor.

Police advice people to call 911 if they see a hot vehicle with a distressed dog or kids inside an officer will respond to rescue them.

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