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With heat wave approaching, don’t leave pets in car

With valley and inland temperatures expected to hit 100 degrees or more today, members of the Los Angeles chapter of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals reminded people not to leave pets in cars.

Interior temperatures can shoot up to 160 degrees or so inside a closed-up car, and that’s hot enough to maim or kill pets — or children.

“Unlike humans, dogs do not sweat,’ Madeline Bernstein of spcaLA said.

“Instead, they lose heat through their tongues, nose and footpads so it’s important to take extra precautions on hot days.’

Dogs and cats should have access to water and a place to get out of sun.

State law makes it illegal to “leave or confine an animal in any unattended motor vehicle under conditions that endanger the health or well-being of an animal due to heat,’ Bernstein said.

According to Bernstein, the law also authorizes law enforcement, animal control and others to “take steps that are reasonably necessary for the removal of an animal from a motor vehicle, including, but not limited to, breaking into the motor vehicle . . . ‘

Triple-digit temperatures are likely today through Monday in valleys and inland areas. Desert highs will be around 110 degrees.

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