It's hot out this summer, really hot. I don't care if you are running into the store to pick up a pint of ice cream or shopping for the month.....please please please leave your dogs home.
Not only is it unsafe to leave your dog in the car on a hot day, it's illegal.
It can literally be a killer. When its 85 degrees outside the inside of your car can heat up to 102 degrees in 10 minutes even with the windows rolled down! It can reach 120 in a half hour. Even leaving your dog in the car for a sort time can kill it. I've seen it happen! It reach 96 degrees today. That is high!
The penal code in California 597.7(A) states it is illegal to leave a pet in the car in extreme cold or cold conditions. You could face up to $500 fine or 6 month jail time.
So please, if you are planning on leaving your car with your dog inside to go to a store, even for a minute, just leave the dog home. It's not worth the dog's life or being charged with animal cruelty!!
A dog's temperature only needs to be brought up to 104 degrees to go into cardiac arrest. Dogs can suffer brain and organ damage within 15 minutes!!!
If you see a dog in distress in a car, call your local Animal Control immediately! You could save its life!