Jun 8, 2015 7:27 PM by News Staff
Animal Services and police are warning pet owners about the dangers of leaving animals in cars after a Chico dog tragically died of heatstroke this weekend.
Leaving a pet inside a hot vehicle can become a life threatening situation in just minutes.
To get an idea of how hot a car can get, a study done at Stanford University showed that on a day when the outside temperature is 72 degrees, the inside of a car can reach 117 degrees within 60 minutes, with the majority of the temperature rise occurring within the first 15 to 30 minutes.
On average, a car's internal temperature will rise 19 degrees during the first 10 minutes, 34 degrees within the first 30 minutes and 43 degrees within the first 60 minutes, maxing out at a rise of 45?50 degrees in the first 1?2 hours.
Leaving the windows cracked, even as much as 8 inches has little effect on the heating process and does not decrease the maximum temperature attained.
Dogs and cats only have sweat glands on their nose and their feet, and rely on panting to cool off. Panting only works if the air is considerably cooler than the animal's body temperature.
If you see an animal in a vehicle, make a note of the make and model of the vehicle, license plate number, and location of the vehicle. If the animal does not seem to be in distress, try to find the owner by going into surrounding businesses to have the owner paged. If the animal appears to be in distress and is showing signs of heat stress or heat stroke, it is an emergency and you should call Animal Control or the police department.