NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - The hot temperatures outside mean the temperature in your car is even hotter. Officials say it doesn't matter if you park in the sun or the shade or leave your windows up or down, the inside of your car can still get dangerously hot.
"We get calls almost daily about dogs being left in cars," said Stephan Watson, with the Animal Services Unit. "Just last weekend, there were 12 to 15 calls about dogs being left in cars." New Hanover County Communications says they've gotten a lot of calls to check on dogs left in cars this summer, including one on Friday.
"A dogs normal body temperature is 101 to 102, if a car is 120 degrees it will raise their body temperature to cause brain damage or even death," explained Watson. He says it doesn't take that long for a car to heat up. He put a thermometer inside of a car, and after 10 minutes it was already up to 120 degrees.