Uncool to leave dog in hot car

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Thank you for reporting on the issue of leaving dogs in hot cars (Journal, July 26). Every year, dogs die after being locked inside cars while their owners shop or run other errands. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable. Dog owners need to know the facts: Hot cars are death traps for dogs. When it is 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 116 degrees within an hour, even with windows cracked. When it is 85 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can climb to 102 degrees in 10 minutes and 120 degrees in 30 minutes. A dog’s normal body temperature ranges from 101 to 102.5 degrees. Dogs can withstand a body temperature of 107 to 108 degrees for only a short time before they experience brain and nerve damage, heart problems — and even death. The My Dog is Cool Campaign operated by RedRover lets people know that leaving a dog in a car for even “just a few minutes” may be too long. If you see a dog in a potentially dangerous situation in a hot car, please call your local police department, animal control agency or humane society immediately. It’s not cool to leave a dog in a hot car. Rachel Hughes, Sacramento