EUGENE, Ore. — As temperatures soar this summer, it’s important to keep pets safe from heat exposure. Animal welfare officers say they have been responding to numerous calls regarding dogs left in hot cars.
Eugene Police say one of the most dangerous places to be in the heat, is a car. On a day like Tuesday where temperatures warmed into the 90s, it only takes 10 minutes for the temperature inside a car to reach triple digits.
“We had one incident, three dogs trapped in a hot car, windows were down the vehicle was partially in shade but the thermometer first reading front of the car was 130 degrees,” said Ted Carlson, EPD Animal Welfare Officer.
Pets left in a hot car can suffer from heat stress in as little as six minutes. They can sustain permanent brain damage when their body temperature reaches or exceeds 106 degrees.
EPD says its call station usually gets several calls about pets being left in cars, per week.