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.