As western Massachusetts experiences some record breaking warmth this week, police departments are on patrol for pets that are left in cars.
On Thursday, two dogs were found inside vehicles that were well over 100 degrees in Southwick.
Officer Michael Wilk was circling a popular shopping plaza in Chicopee for pets that have been left behind in their cars.
"You could be charged with cruelty to animals you are leaving that animal in a situation where it isn't being cared for and potentially could die," said Wilk.
When the two dogs were found by Southwick police officers, a thermometer read the temperature had climbed into the triple digits.
Within minutes of circling the parking lot, Officer Wilk found a puppy inside a car with it's owner. The windows were rolled down and the owner had their keys handy if they needed to turn on the A/C.
Wilk told Western Mass News that if you see a dog inside of a car on a warm day to call 911, but in a worst case scenario any witnesses would be protected by law if they took action to free the animal.
"They should absolutely call us if that animal was in life threatening distress, acting [as] a good Samaritan if they need to, [and] gain access whether it's smashing a window they would be protected for that," Wilk noted.
While it might not feel toasty inside your vehicle it takes just 10 to 20 minutes for pets to suffer damage to their brain internal organs, and can even die if left inside of a hot car.
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