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Pets in Parked Cars
Never risk your pet's life by leaving it in a parked car. Miami-Dade Animal Services shares pet safety tips to protect our furry friends:
- Never leave pets unattended inside a parked car, even if the window is cracked open.
- Leaving pets inside a car is never safe, temperatures rise quickly, causing irreparable organ damage to your pet and even death.
- It only takes minutes for your pet to suffer from heatstroke—and it doesn't have to be that hot out.
- On a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach 160 degrees.
- Heatstroke signs are heavy panting, profuse salvation, a rapid pulse, lack of coordination, and red gums and tongue.
- If you see a dog alone in a vehicle, immediately call 911. Local law officials have the ability to enter vehicles and rescue the pet. Do not leave until help has arrived.
- Leaving pets inside a parked car is considered animal cruelty and violators will receive a $500 fine.
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