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Look Before You Lock, Don't Leave Pets in Hot Cars

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Look before you lock. It's no surprise that summer is here and with temperatures in the 90's and the triple digits this week - think twice before you leave your pet in the car. Look before you lock. It's no surprise that summer is here and with temperatures in the 90's and the triple digits this week - think twice before you leave your pet in the car.
 NBCRightNow.com - Look before you lock. It's no surprise that summer is here and with temperatures in the 90's and the triple digits this week - think twice before you leave your pet in the car. 

NBC Right Now spoke with a Kennewick Police officer who tells us that even cracking your window isn't good enough in these hot temperatures.

Police say if you see an animal in a car in distress, call 9-1-1 and explain to the dispatcher the animal's conditions.

We're told officers respond to these calls all the time when temperatures are above 70 degrees. 

"People think they can crack the windows and leave the animal in there. Again if it's over 70 degrees, but when we're looking at, you know triple digit degrees like we're having for the next week in the forecast, that even raises the danger level for the animal because people think they can leave a little bit of water, the window cracked and that animals going to be fine, but quite often that animal can become stressed in a lot of ways," Officer Dan Todd explained to NBC Right Now. 

If you are caught leaving your pet in a hot car, you can face some legal trouble. 

City police, county deputies and animal control can all issue animal endangerment or animal cruelty citations. Those charges are a gross misdemeanor, which means up to a year in jail and a five thousand dollar fine. 
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