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On an average summer day, temperatures can reach as high as 160 degrees inside a vehicle parked in the sun. Even in the shade, vehicle interiors can reach high temperatures.
Pets don't sweat like people do. They cool themselves through their lungs by panting.
A pet's heart and lungs can be permanently damaged by excessive heat and humidity. When air becomes too hot, brain damage and death can result.
Act immediately if you see an animal enclosed in a car during the day. Call the Volusia County emergency dispatch center at (386) 248-1777.