Police in one Hampden County town are reminding people to not leave their pets in hot vehicles.
Southwick Police said on Facebook that around 10 a.m. Thursday, an officer was on routine patrol in the Big Y parking lot when he saw the dog seen on the left of the image panting in a window.
While the temperature outside was 81 degrees, the temperature inside the vehicle registered 112 degrees on the officer's thermometer.
"Another 5 to 10 minutes and this little dog most likely would have succumbed to the high temperatures rendering him unconscious," police noted.
Then Thursday afternoon, that same officer was driving through that same parking lot for a second time when he saw a black dog, seen on the right in the image, reportedly struggling for air.
"Again it would not have taken too much longer before this guy succumbed to the high temperatures as well," police explained.
Southwick Police have this message for pet owners as the warmer months approach:
"We realize you love your pets as much as we love ours. We also realize just how much your pets love to ride in the car, but ladies and gentlemen, now that the temperatures are starting to rise, if you plan on making any stops throughout your travels, please leave your pets at home. In the summer months it only takes minutes for the inside of your car to reach temperatures in the triple digits. Even as you are driving down the road with your windows open, in high temps and humidity, your dog is already stressing from the heat," police said.
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