Police receive calls about pets left in cars

This Monday, July 2, 2012 photo shows Los Angeles Police Officer Jim Cherrette holding a temperature record stick in Los Angeles to demonstrate how hot a closed car can get. Good Samaritans, temperature guns and tougher laws are the newest tools in the campaign to keep animals out of hot cars, where just minutes can mean death. More calls are coming in about overheated dogs _ and officials say that's a good thing, because more people are aware of the problem and calling before it's too late. (AP Photo/Nick Ut)

EVANS, N.Y. (WIVB) – The Evans Police Department is reminding shoppers to leave their pets at home during the extreme heat and humidity.

Police say they have recently had several calls about people leaving their pets inside vehicles.

Authorities are reminding residents that pets can develop hyperthermia very quickly, which can lead to heat stroke. If unattended, the pet may collapse, have a seizure or even go into a coma and eventually die.

If you see a pet left unattended in a vehicle, notify your local police agency immediately.

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