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Humane Society Warns Against Leaving Pets in Cars

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- The Humane Society of Central Washington is warning pet owners about leaving their pets inside a hot car.

With the weather warming up into the 80s and 90s, they say it's better to leave pets at home rather than leave them in a hot car for even five minutes.

They say even if pet owners open the windows, the car temperature can hit 140 degrees or above.

"We do know that dogs can't sweat, we do know that dogs like Sheldon don't have thumbs that they can open a door to get out and relieve themselves," said Erica Seaver-Engel with the Humane Society.

The Humane Society says if you see a pet locked in a hot car, write down the license plate number and try to find the owner.

If that doesn't work, call your local animal control.