Saturday, July 23, 2011

Dog Left in Hot Car Rescued by Police

Updated: Thursday, 14 Jul 2011, 12:59 PM MST
Published : Thursday, 14 Jul 2011, 12:56 PM MST

PHOENIX - You can't leave anything precious locked inside of a car this time of year, because temperatures can climb as high as 140 degrees.

But just a few days ago, someone wasn't thinking and left a puppy inside a car.

The dog would have died if it wasn’t for two Phoenix police officers.

FOX 10’s Diane Ryan has their story and the story of "Skip,” the dog.

Tips on Dogs and Heat From:

• Dogs are especially vulnerable to heat-related illness, because they can only cool off by panting and through the pads in their feet.

• Enclosed cars heat up quickly. In a study by San Francisco State University, when it was 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car rose to 99 degrees in 10 minutes and 109 degrees in 20 minutes.

• A dog's normal body temperature is between 101 to 102.5 degrees; a dog can only withstand a high body temperature for a short time before suffering nerve damage, heart problems, liver damage, brain damage or even death.

• Studies show that cracking the windows has little effect on a car's internal temperature.

Note from CP Blogger: Please leave your dog at home in the summer. If you see a dog left in a hot car, call 911 and alert the authorities.

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