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Police use thermometers to investigate pets left in hot cars

Officers are reminding pet owners to not leave animals in cars.

Posted: Apr 25, 2018 7:18 PM
Updated: Apr 25, 2018 7:28 PM

EUGENE, Ore. – Eugene police have added digital thermometers in 50 patrols vehicles to help investigate cases of pets left in hot cars.

Officers are reminding pet owners not to leave animals in cars on warm days.

If it’s just 70 degrees out, the inside of a car can reach more than 100 degrees in just a half an hour. If it’s 80 degrees out, a car’s internal temperature can reach nearly 110 degrees in just 20 minutes.

This can lead to deadly heatstroke for pets. Symptoms can include excessive panting and signs of discomfort.

Pet owners should contact their veterinarian immediately if they believe their pet has heatstroke.

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