Lollypop Farm reminds people about the dangers of leaving your pet in your car

Jun 15, 2018

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Lollypop Farm is urging pet owners to take the pledge to never leave their pet in a hot car, through its "Too Hot for Spot" Campaign. 

Associate Director of Communications, Ashley Zeh says it's an annual effort to share information about the dangers of keeping your pet in your car, especially when running errands. 

This week, police say a Geneva man is facing felony charges after leaving his dog in his car for nearly an hour. 

The dog died from heat exposure.

Zeh says it doesn't take long for the temperature inside a car, even with the windows cracked, to reach dangerous levels.

"On an 80 degree day, it can get up to a hundred, over a hundred degrees in just 20 minutes," she said.

Zeh says dogs pant to keep themselves cooler, but in a stifling car, they're actually taking hot air in, making them even hotter

Zeh says leaving your pet in a hot car can not only be deadly for your pet, it's also against the law.

"It is illegal in NYS and you could be facing a fine and up to jail time if you leave your pet in a dangerous circumstance such as a hot car," she said.

Zeh says the best advice is to leave your pet at home if you have to run errands.

And if you see a dog locked in a parked car, note the vehicle information and then call 9-1-1.

Click here to take the pledge