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Crystal police get 3 reports in past 3 days of dogs being left in hot cars

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Own a dog? Don't leave it in a hot car.

That's the message from Crystal Police Department, which says it's received three reports in the last three days of dogs being left in cars without any windows rolled down or air conditioning running.

Although summer is winding down, the temperatures haven't done the same, pushing into the upper-80s in parts of the state this week, and police think that some people may have forgotten the risks to their pets.

"It doesn't take long for temperatures inside a car to spike upwards of 100 degrees," Crystal PD said on its Facebook page. "This is another one of those things that falls into the 'no excuse for that behavior' category."

"Do not leave living things inside vehicles in warm weather," it adds, "at least not if you'd like them to remain living or have to deal with us showing up." (A broken window is a possibility, in such cases).

Crystal PD said that by Friday morning it had responded to two calls of dogs in hot cars in recent days, but then tweeted that afternoon a third case had been reported.

In each case the driver of the vehicle was given a citation. The dogs are believed to have been OK.

According to The Humane Society, temperatures in a car can heat up to as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit within an hour if it's just 72 degrees outside.

When the mercury hits 80, temperatures inside the car are pushing 100 in as little as 10 minutes, with the organization adding that rolling down windows has little effect on the temperatures inside.

PETA says animals locked inside cars can get brain damage or die from heatstroke within 15 minutes, with dogs particularly at risk because they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their paw pads.

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