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Brookfield Police Remind Residents: Never Leave Pets Inside Vehicle

Never leave a pet inside a hot car, they could perish in minutes.
Never leave a pet inside a hot car, they could perish in minutes. Photo Credit: Putnam Humane Society

BROOKFIELD, Conn. -- Now that it's finally getting hot outside, the Brookfield Police Department is reminding residents of the dangers and consequences associated with leaving four-legged friends inside vehicles.

It may not feel that hot outside, but it only takes a few minutes for temperatures to soar inside a car during summer. According to VeterinaryClinic.com, the inside of a car can reach 104 degrees within 30 minutes when it is only 70 degrees outside.

And the hotter it gets, the more intense the heat builds up in a car. This guide shows how quickly a car can heat up — and how hot it can get:

  • 75 degrees: 10 minutes - 94 degrees; 30 minutes -109 degrees.
  • 80 degrees: 10 minutes - 99; 30 minutes - 114 degrees
  • 85 degrees: 10 minutes - 104 degrees, 30 minutes - 119 degrees
  • 90 degrees: 10 minutes - 109 degrees, 30 minutes - 124 degrees
  • 95 degrees: 10 minutes - 114 degrees, 30 minutes - 129 degrees

Unfortunately, pets can die quickly when left in a hot car, police said.

In addition, the Brookfield Police Department said it's a crime to fail to provide an animal with proper food, drink, or shelter. Failure to do so is punishable by a fine up to $1,000, up to one year in prison, or both.

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