Calls About Pets Left in Vehicles Rise - SLIDE SHOW

By: Gabrielle Sarann Email
By: Gabrielle Sarann Email

Valdosta, Georgia - June 20,2011

The Lowndes County Animal Shelter reports increased calls about pets left in vehicles.

They say in just 20 minutes, temperatures can climb to more than 105 degrees even with the windows down.

"We're getting calls about their dogs being left and it's just too hot for them to be in there," says Linda Patelski, the director of the Lowndes County Animal Shelter. "We have the right to break your window if it is too hot and we believe the animal is in danger."

Authorities say older, smaller and heavier dogs have a harder time breathing in extreme heat.

Citizens caught leaving their pets in cars could face animal cruelty charges.

The dog pictured in the video and slide show is named Courage. He's a nine-year-old Dachshund, who needs a home. Courage gets along well with other pets.

For more information, call the Lowndes County Animal Shelter at (229) 671-2760.

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Valdosta, Georgia - June 20, 2011 -

The Lowndes County Animal Shelter is responding to increased calls of pets left in vehicles. Officials say even leaving your furry friend in the car with the windows down is much too hot for them. Animals can easily overheat as vehicle temperatures rise to over 100 degrees in just 20 minutes.

We'll have more details this evening on Eyewitness News.


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