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Experts warn against leaving pets in hot vehicles

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) -

Most people know better, but some people still need this reminder.

Don't leave your pet inside a hot vehicle when the weather is hot.

Experts say the temperature inside a vehicle can get dangerously high within minutes even if the windows cracked.

"The only way, dogs in particular can sweat if you will is through panting and sweating through their pads," said Kelly Goff, director of the Humane Society of Southeast Missouri. "So they've got an extra fur coat on, their in a very very hot vehicle and they have a limited ability or limited way to reduce their body heat."

In Mt. Vernon, police say you could face criminal charges for keeping pets in a vehicle during "prolonged periods of heat."

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