TAVARES – As Florida temperatures continue to rise, Lake County Animal Services is urging pet owners to never leave animals in hot cars.
“Leaving pets inside cars during the summer can be especially deadly, even with the window cracked,” said Brian Sheahan, director of Lake County’s Community Safety & Compliance Department. “Cars get hot very quickly, and high temperatures can lead to severe illness and even death. It is always better to leave a pet at home in a climate-controlled environment.”
For example, when it's 72 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can reach 116 degrees within an hour. When it's 80 degrees outside, the temperature inside a car can heat up to 99 degrees in just 10 minutes, according to the Humane Society of the United States.
Residents who see an animal left inside a car should follow these tips:
• Write down the car's make, model and license plate number.
• If there are businesses nearby, notify store managers or security guards and ask them to make an announcement to find the car's owner.
• If the owner can't be found, call the non-emergency number for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office at 352-343-2101 or Animal Services at 352-343-9688 and wait by the car for help to arrive.
To find out more about Lake County Animal Services, to adopt a pet or donate funds to help with care of animals at the shelter, log on to www.lakecountyfl.gov/adopt, visit the shelter at 28123 County Road 561, Tavares, or call 352-343-9688.