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MPD says leaving dogs in a hot car is a very serious crime

Rolling the windows down and parking in the shade is not going to make things significantly better for your pet, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in Medford, Oregon, on Friday, May 19th, 2017 (KTVL/Ariana Rakhshani).

MEDFORD, Ore.-- In Medford and Jackson County, the calls have started to come in for reports of dogs left in cars.

Medford Police said so far, it has gotten several cars about dogs left in hot cars. If anything happens to the dog, it's a very serious crime; it can be either a misdemeanor, or in some cases, a felony.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it takes ten minutes for the temperature in a car to go up 20 degrees, and even if it is only in the 60s outside, your car can still heat up to well above 110 degrees. On an 80 degree day, temperatures inside a vehicle can reach deadly peaks in just ten minutes.

"Weigh all of the totalities and circumstances," Sgt. Don Lane said. "I'm not saying don't call, don't call just because there's dogs in the car. Call because a dog appears to be in distress and it's hot out."

Sergeant Lane said if a dog is in distress, it's lethargic or non-responsive with it's tongue out.

However, he said if you are running into a store for a few minutes and are thinking about leaving your dog in the car, you should leave a water bowl, roll the windows down and leave a note explaining the circumstance so other concerned citizens do not call the cops.

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