Never Leave Your Pet In Vehicle

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In light of the heat-related death of a dog left in a vehicle at the Rivertown Crossings Mall in Grandville, the Kent County Animal Shelter reminds pet owners that it is NEVER acceptable to leave pets unattended in vehicles.

The temperature can quickly surge beyond 120 degrees inside a parked vehicle this time of year, even when parked in the shade or with the windows cracked.

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While it is unsafe to leave a pet in a vehicle any time of year due to the possibility of injury or theft, hot weather brings additional risks to animals: Dogs and cats do not perspire and they only stave off heat through panting and through the pads of their feet. Pets left in cars on warm days can experience heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage, and death.

“This tragedy so easily could have been prevented,” said Cathy Raevsky, Administrative Health Officer for the Kent County Health Department, which oversees the animal shelter. “As the owner of three dogs, I understand the temptation to bring pets along for the ride.

Yet, it is never OK to leave your pet unattended in the car this time of year. This situation is a heartbreaking lesson for everyone that pets should be left in a cool, safe place.”

If you see a pet in a parked car without an owner during the summer months, alert the management of the venue where the car is parked so they can attempt to locate the owner.

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