A Message from Orange County Animal Services

Reminder to Pet Owners about Hot Car Dangers

Post Date:06/21/2017 4:53 PM

ORANGE COUNTY, NC (June 20, 2017) — Orange County Animal Services and the Sheriff’s Office remind residents not to leave people or pets in parked vehicles for any period of time during summer months.

Temperatures inside parked vehicles can reach deadly levels in only a matter of minutes, even if parked in the shade and even with all the windows cracked.  While parked cars are dangerous for anyone, pets, children and the elderly are especially at risk.

Unlike humans, pets do not sweat and cannot regulate their body heat in extreme temperatures.  When overheated, they can quickly go into irreversible organ failure that is often fatal.  In Orange County, it is against the law to leave animals inside a parked car if the outside temperature is 70 degrees or higher.

Community members who see pets or people left inside parked vehicles when the outside temperature is at least 70 degrees should immediately call 9-1-1.  Every second counts.

For more information, please visit the American Veterinary Medical Association’s web site at avma.org/public/PetCare/Pages/Hot-Cars-and-Loose-Pets.aspx?utm_source=smartbrief&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=smartbrief-article.


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