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Pets left in cars a growing concern

No matter how much you love your pet, it might be best if you leave them at home if you plan on taking them along while you run errands.


The Kewaunee County Sheriff’s Department has answered a number of animal welfare calls for dogs and other animals left in vehicles on warm days, including at Sunday's Breakfast on the Farm. Opening your windows a crack for your pet may not prevent them from suffering from brain damage or even death on warm days as the car’s internal temperature can reach well over 100 degrees on days when the outside temperature is 85 degrees.


Kewaunee County Sheriff Matt Joski says people who encounter pets in vehicles should try to locate the owner first by alerting nearby store owners or calling law enforcement before taking matters into their own hands.

Joski advises pet owners to leave their pets at home or at a kennel if possible to avoid prolonged exposure to the heat when possible. If your pet absolutely has to come with you, he recommends having a person with the pet to ensure its safety.

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