VERDE VALLEY - As the temperatures rise, local police are issuing a friendly reminder to always remove children and pets from vehicles while errands are being run. Every year, in the summer months, concerned citizens report animals in distress or children left unattended in vehicles in soaring temperatures, while adults inside to shop or eat. During the past week alone, Cottonwood officers have responded to 10 such incidents.
"Temperatures can be deceiving in a way that the outside temperatures are far less extreme than those found inside a vehicle, even with the windows cracked. It's just too hot. Within minutes, temperatures can reach an upwards of 120 degrees. If we can prevent a tragic situation from occurring, then we've done our job," said Cottonwood Police Department spokesman, Sergeant Gareth Braxton.
"It's best to leave pets at home if they're not permitted inside a particular business and you should always remove children from vehicles, regardless of how brief the stop may be," he added.