It’s approaching mid-July and the summer heat isn’t quitting anytime soon. Temperatures soar into the 90′s in many places, but that number can quickly reach dangerous heights in a parked car.

Pet owners often leave their pets stranded in a stationary vehicle, an extreme risk that is widely underestimated; even if you are only gone for a couple of minutes with the windows cracked on a breezy day, the heat can escalate quickly and really put your pets in danger.

“Please don’t leave your pets – ever – in a car in the summer. It’s not worth the risk. Cars get hot very quickly, and it’s dangerous for animals, ” urges Patrick McDonnell, creator of MUTTS.

The best thing you can do is simply leave your pets at home. Bringing them with you is not worth the risk of leaving them alone in a hot car.

To see just how dangerous it can be, take a look at Dr. Ernie Ward’s video as he experiences the sweltering heat of a parked car for himself. To learn more on how you can help pets and pet owners as a concerned citizen, check out some tips from The New Jersey Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NJ SPCA).

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