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Dangers of leaving your pet in a hot vehicle

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Many people like to take their dog with them with them everywhere, but this time of year, that may not be a good idea. New Hanover County Animal Control received about 10 calls last week about animals left in hot cars. Animal control workers compare leaving an animal in a hot car to sitting in an oven. WWAY did our own test and put a thermometer in a car. In less than 15 minutes, the temperature reached over 120 degrees. The heat can lead to brain damage, or even death. Experts say leaving a window cracked does not help. Dr. Jean McNeil, New Hanover County Animal Control, said, "You need to leave your pet at home. That's the safest place for them because you have no way of protecting them if you have to run into a store for example." If you leave your pet outside make sure they have shade and cool water. Also, if you see an animal in distress, call New Hanover Animal Control at 798-7500.

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