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Keep your pets safe this summer

Aug. 5, 2008

KALAMAZOO--Public safety officers at Western Michigan University remind the campus and general communities that pets should never be left unattended in vehicles, especially on warm, sunny days.

Kalamazoo County Animal Services and Enforcement has been called to campus several times this summer to rescue animals that were in danger of death or serious injury as a result of being left in hot cars. On a 78-degree summer afternoon, temperatures inside a parked car can climb to 160 degrees in a matter of minutes. Leaving windows cracked or parking in the shade will not cool the air down sufficiently to protect a pet from suffering brain damage or dying of heatstroke or suffocation.

Leave pets at home on warm days. If you see an animal left unattended in a vehicle on a hot day, contact public safety immediately at (269) 387-5555.

Media contact: Tonya Hernandez, (269) 387-8400, tonya.hernandez@wmich.edu

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