CHP cautions dog owners about leaving pets in cars

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ARCATA- With rising temperatures, California Highway Patrol is warning pet owners from leaving their animals in their cars.

CHP Public Information Officer, Matt Harvey, said dogs can suffer from heat stroke if they are left out in the car too long. Harvey said cars can get up to 20 degrees hotter than outside temperatures. He said cars can get even warmer if they are dark or have dark interiors.

Harvey said if dogs do need to be left in the car for a short period of time, owners should leave the windows cracked and leave pets water.