Posted: Aug 12, 2012 7:18 PM by Laura Wilson - KAJ News
KALISPELL- The temperatures in the Flathead Valley have lingered in the high 80's to mid 90's this month, and the mercury can quickly surpass 100 degrees inside a car, which is why the Flathead County Sheriff's Department is asking people to rethink bringing their pets along in the car.
Sheriff Chuck Curry says his department has received a lot of phone calls the past few months from people concerned about unattended pets left in hot cars, and temperatures inside a car with the windows rolled up can drastically rise in as little as 10 minutes.
"Dogs can suffer heat exhaustion and heat stroke just like a person can. So, we encourage people to think about their canine friends and the members of their family just like they would humans," Curry explained.
He added that if you must bring your pet along in the car, make sure you park in a shaded area, leave them plenty of water, and roll the windows down