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Hot Cars, Loose Pets



Auburn, Alabama —

Brutus, Duke, Coco, Lola and Jake...sure, they're fairly common pet names, but they're also the names of just a few of the pets that died last year because they were left in cars on warm (and not necessarily hot) days while their owners were shopping, visiting friends or family, or running errands. What's so tragic is that these beloved pets were simply the victims of bad judgment.

Want numbers? An independent study1showed that the interior temperature of vehicles parked in outside temperatures ranging from 72 to 96° F rose steadily as time increased. And cracking the windows doesn't help.

Elapsed time Temperature rise inside vehicle
10 minutes 19°F
20 minutes 29°F
30 minutes 34°F
60 minutes 43°F
1 to 2 hours 45-50°F
View a more detailed table

 Click here to view an animated video of the temperature rise in a car over time.

Learn more about keeping your pet safe during travel:
  • Set a good example by leaving your pet(s) at home, except when you need to have them in the vehicle.
  • Set a good example by always properly restraining your own pet(s) while in a vehicle.
  • Educate, family and friends about these issues and how they can keep their pet(s) safe.

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