Law Enforcement Takes on Kids and Animals Left in Cars

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We conducted our own experiment at News 10. We left a thermometer in a parked car for just 30 minutes. At the end of our experiment, it showed the heat inside the car to be 111 degrees.

Police say they make an effort to look for kids and animals in cars when it's hot like this, whether it's patrolling parking lots in their spare time or paying special attention on a regular patrol.

Parents often think a few minutes won't make a difference, but Trooper Marco Jones with MSP says "You rarely go in to a grocery store or any store for just a few minutes. It usually becomes longer than that."

“It takes just 10 minutes for an animal to feel the effects of a hot car,” says Ingham County Animal Control officer Gary Ireland. He says a dog's fur is like a coat, and since they can't sweat, they could suffer brain damage quickly.

Charges could be filed if you are caught neglecting your animal or child.