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LETTER: Do not leave your dog in the car on summer days

I visited the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool on Sunday and observed a small dog left in a car with the windows cracked a couple of inches. The dog was barking incessantly. The car started in the shade but after a couple hours was in the full sun.

After several complaints, the pool manager was contacted and hopefully the police were called. I wish I had made the call myself. As a dog lover and owner, I know my small dog would have succumbed to the heat (that is why I do not take her with me in the summer).

Please be reminded that on a 78 degree day, a car parked in the shade equals 90 degrees and a car parked in the sun equals 160 degrees in minutes. Because dogs do not sweat (except to a minor degree through their foot pads) they do not tolerate high temps as well as humans. Please do not leave your dog in the car!

Cindy Van Meter Pickel

Kearney, Neb.


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