A quick run into the store for just a few minutes could be fatal for your pet if you leave it in the car.
With temperatures hitting the thirties over the next few days, leaving the window cracked open is not enough to keep your pet safe.
Shawna Randolph with the Edmonton Humane society says animals' bodies don't work the same way ours do.
"They don't cool themselves down like humans do with sweating. Humans do this regularly, pets don't sweat enought to calm their bodies down, and so they pant. The air inside the vehicle will then just circulate and it would be like an oven."
Randolph says the best thing to do is to leave your pet at home.
If you come across a vehicle with a pet inside, she says you should try to get a hold of the owner, by checking inside the store or sending out a page. If the pet is in distress, you can call the Humane Society's animal protection department, at (780) 491-3517. (kdr)
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