Reminder: Dogs die in hot cars

VERDE VALLEY -- Summer is just around the corner, and temperatures are rising fast. The City of Cottonwood Ordinance Enforcement Officers remind everyone to keep their dogs healthy and safe. Dogs can suffer heat stroke, which damages a dog's cellular system and organs, is often irreversible and can lead to death.

A dog's normal body temperature ranges between 100° and 102°F, but they don't cool down the same way as people: they pant and expel heat through the pads of their feet. But they cannot effectively cool themselves when they are confined to any enclosed space such as car, or without access to water and shade.

To prevent your dog from suffering from heat stroke make sure you dog always have access to cool clean water. And never leave your dog unattended in a motor vehicle. Even if you leave the windows down on a 90°F day, the interior temperature can reach as high as 160°F in less than 10 minutes.

If you see a dog, or any other pet left unattended inside a parked vehicle please contact the Cottonwood Police Department at 649-1397.

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