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Weston Police: Don't Leave Dogs In Cars During Heat Wave

Weston Police have asked residents to report sightings of animals left in cars to police immediately.
Weston Police have asked residents to report sightings of animals left in cars to police immediately. Photo Credit: File

WESTON, Conn. – As the Weston area continues to bake in a summer heat wave, the Weston Police remind residents not to leave their pets in cars during the summer heat.

Temperatures in Weston are expected to reach the mid-90s on Tuesday , with a heat index of nearly 100. The inside of a car can reach up to 130 degrees in these conditions, officials say.

“A dog left inside a car under these conditions can suffer irreversible internal organ damage or, worst case, death,” the Weston Police said on its Facebook page Tuesday.

Anyone who sees a dog locked in a car should contact 911 immediately, police say. It is illegal to confine or leave a dog unattended for an “unreasonable amount of time” according to state law. Penalties range from a $100 fine for the first offense to more than $500 for multiple offenses.

“If you have to leave domestic animal outside for an extended time during this heat wave, please remember to have a shaded area and plenty of water available,” the Weston Police update says.

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