Kamloops SPCA reminds owners to leave dogs at home

By Chad Klassen
September 15, 2016 - 8:39am Updated: September 15, 2016 - 9:19am

KAMLOOPS — It may feel like summer is over, with cooler temperatures, but the Kamloops SPCA is reminding dog owners to keep their animals at home, instead of in their vehicles. 

The SPCA has received a few calls about dogs being left in vehicles around the city recently. Interim branch manager Alyssa Kyllo says even with temperatures dropping into the 20s, it still doesn't take long for the inside of vehicle to heat up and put a dog at risk. 

"It's tough because you just don't know what the weather might do. Even if you think it's cool, you try sitting in your car for 15, 20, 30 minutes without it running, no air conditioning," says Kyllo.

"Even on a cool day, your car can heat up relatively fast in a short amount of time. A dog's regular body temperature is at 39 degrees, and even at a temperature of 42 degrees, internal temperature of 42 degrees, they can suffer brain damage." 

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