BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - When it gets too hot in Kern County, people find some place to cool off, but many pets don't have that luxury.
Compared to last summer reports show dogs being left in hot cars increased nearly thirty percent.
Jackie Cameron with Marley's Mutts dog rescue tells 23ABC that on a 78°day, a car can reach 120° in just a matter of minutes.
On average a standard car increases three degrees (Fahrenheit) every ten minutes it's sitting off and in the sun, maxing out at 170°. This can lead a dog to become brain damage or die of heat exhaustion.
"The biggest movement in temperature increasing is within the first fifteen minutes of a car being closed up," says BPD Sgt. Joe Grubbs.
The BPD says this type of animal cruelty causes more animals landing in already overpopulated city and county animal shelters.
Cracking the window has little to no effect on cooling an animal left in a car.
Police can issue an animal cruelty citation to someone leaving a dog in a hot car. If you witness this, you are urged to call 911 immediately.
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