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Posted on: June 2, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Cornelius PD - Do Not Leave Pets in Cars

Pet in Cars Stats

The Cornelius Police Department and the Animal Control Division would like to remind everyone to not leave pets inside vehicles.

It doesn't have to be that warm outside for a car to become dangerously hot inside. Here are some facts:

• When it's 72 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour.
• When it's 80 degrees Fahrenheit outside, the temperature inside your car can heat up to 99 degrees Fahrenheit within 10 minutes.
• Rolling down the windows has been shown to have little effect on the temperature inside a car.

If you see an animal in a car exhibiting signs of heat stress,
call your local animal care and control agency or police
department immediately and take the following steps:

1. Get the vehicle’s tag number and enter the nearest store
or business to request an emergency announcement
be made about a pet left in a hot car.
2. Go back and wait for police at the vehicle.

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