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Animal control receives 100 reports of dogs locked in hot cars, left outside in extreme heat

Posted at 1:57 PM, May 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-30 19:14:54-04

A reminder this evening about the dangers of leaving your pets outside or locked in cars during extreme heat.

Nebraska Humane Society received about 100 calls over the Memorial Day weekend about dogs trapped in hot cars or left outside in in 100 degree heat with no shelter or water. 

That's about 70 more calls than a typical weekend this time of year.

On Wednesday, 3 News Now did a ride-along with animal control officers with the Nebraska Humane Society. They received three reports of dogs locked in hot cars. In these instances, the owners and animals left the location by the time animal control officers arrived. 

Animal control officers say it only takes a matter of minutes for a dog to die inside a hot car.

When temperatures outside climb above 80 degrees the temperature inside a car can quickly sky rocket  to 120 degrees or higher.

And when temperatures outside climb above 90 degrees, dogs shouldn't be left outside in direct sunlight to avoid risk of heat stroke. 

Signs of heat stoke in a pet include heavy panting, glazed eyes, a rapid heartbeat, excessive thirst, and lethargy. 

To avoid overheating your animals, keep them inside in the A/C with plenty of water. Limit outside exercise to early morning and late evening hours. 

Leaving a pet outside with no shelter in the heat or inside a hot car are both punishable offenses according to Omaha City Code. You could be fined and face animal cruelty charges if the animal dies.