BOISE, Idaho — The Idaho Humane Society is urging pet owners to protect their animals after officers responded to 60 calls about pets left in hot cars in Ada County in just a month and a half.
June, which has already had unusually high temperatures, is just the beginning of the hot summer months so IHS is urging people to leave their pets at home.
Law enforcement was called out to 29 instances of animals in hot cars in May, with the majority of cases coming in Boise or Meridian city limits.
From June 1 to June 15, officers have already responded to 31 incidents of pets left in hot cars. Twenty-four of those happened in the City of Boise.
Temperatures can soar dangerously inside enclosed vehicles, rising to deadly levels even if the air outside does not feel particularly hot. Pets should be left at home and be provided a safe space when the temperature outside is 70 degrees or above.
Pets can die within minutes of being left inside a hot vehicle and according to IHS, a dog died last year after being left in a parked car at the Boise Towne Square Mall.
Those who leave a pet in a car in hot weather can also face charges.
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