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LETTERS TO THE EDITOR: Parked cars cook dogs

In 10 minutes or less, engine heat combines with solar gain to increase interior car temperatures enough to cause irreparable brain damage and/or death, even with the windows opened a couple of inches.

Every year, countless dogs die after being locked in cars while their guardians work, visit, shop, or run other errands. These tragic deaths are entirely preventable.

Running into the store for “just a minute” can be fatal for a dog left in a car. Even with the windows cracked, if it is 85 degrees outside, the car interior can easily reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes, and 120 degrees in 30 minutes.

Not just a good idea – it’s the law. On Sept. 22, 2006, the governor signed SB 1806 into law. It prohibits leaving an animal in an unattended vehicle in the heat, cold or other circumstances that endanger the animal’s health.

Get involved. If you see a pet in a parked car during a summer day, call El Dorado County Animal Control (530) 577-1766 or dial 911. Animal Control has officers on call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Share this information with others and keep a lookout for pets that are in parked cars.

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Dawn Harkins

South Lake Tahoe