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Remember to keep dogs out of hot cars

On Memorial Day, Americans flock outside to celebrate the unofficial start of summertime with picnics, parades, and cookouts with family and friends. As we all kick off the sunny season over the holiday weekend, American Humane, the country’s first national humane organization, is reminding pet owners that hot dogs belong on the grill — not in parked cars.

Even when it’s a comfortable 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside a parked car can climb to 90 degrees in just 10 minutes — and up to 110 degrees in less than hour — exposing our furry friends to serious risks, including discomfort, severe illness and even death. Responsible animal lovers should also remember to do their part to help save other pets from danger. If you see a distressed dog inside a parked car on a warm day, immediately call local animal control or law enforcement for help.

Robin Ganzert, president and CEO of American Humane, Washington, D.C.