It takes only a few minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to die from heatstroke and suffocation.
As temperatures soar into the 90's, animal advocates are urging pet owners to be cautious.
It takes only a few minutes for a pet left in a vehicle on a warm day to die from heatstroke and suffocation. Most people don't realize how hot it can get inside a parked car.
Herald Domer, Director of Frederick County Animal Control, said inside of a vehicle, with the windows cracked or partially down, the interior of the vehicle gets extremely warm.
"Within 10 minutes, temperatures can rise 15-20 degrees inside the vehicle," Domer said.
For example, on a 78 degree day, temperatures in a car parked in the shade can exceed 90 degrees with-in minutes. Temperatures can hit 160 degrees if the car is parked in the sun!
"Once they over-heat and once their body temperature escalates to the 106-108 body temperature, it can sometimes be fatal," Domer said.
Rolling down a window or parking in the shade doesn't guarantee protection either, since temperatures can still climb into the danger zone.
Domer said local police can issue citations for anyone leaving their pet in a parked car on a hot day.
He advises pet owners to leave their animals at home on warm days.