MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) - With the summer months here and the mercury rising, law enforcement is reminding folks to keep their pets safe in the heat.
This is especially critical if you leave them behind in a vehicle. It's a misdemeanor offense under animal cruelty or neglect.
Animal experts say even if it's just 70 degrees outside, a closed vehicle can heat up to around 100 degrees in just a few minutes.
"We have to get to the animal if it is in distress. When we get on scene, we are going to look for signs that it is in distress, excessive panting, acting lethargic, if something doesn't seem right or obviously if the animal is somewhat unresponsive, we're going to do what we need to do to get to the animal to get it to the proper care," said Officer Nicholas Calzetta of the Marquette Police Department.
Pet experts say it's best not to take your pet with you if you can avoid it. Even if left alone, with the air conditioning on, pets can hit buttons cutting the air off or it could fail.