**WARNING FROM THE CRANFORD POLICE DEPARTMENT**
Your Dog Can Die of Heat Stroke Within 15 Minutes
Each summer countless dogs and cats suffer needlessly and even die in cars that become unbearable ovens when it is hot outside.
On an average summer day, the temperature can reach a broiling 160 degrees inside your car in mere minutes. Remember, shaded areas, open windows and air-conditioned cars with the motors off DO NOT WORK.
The buildup of heat inside a car can kill an animal very quickly. Even if you leave the windows cracked open, a pet can die of Heat Prostration within 15 minutes. Animals do not perspire like humans. They don’t perspire through their skin. They cool themselves only by panting to evaporate water from their throats and tongues. This is not sufficient to keep them alive in a hot car.
For the above reasons and the welfare of your pet,
DO NOT LEAVE THEM IN A PARKED CAR WHEN IT IS HOT OUTSIDE NOT EVEN FOR A SHORT TIME.
Under New Jersey state law any person who inflicts unnecessary cruelty upon a living creature or who fails to provide his pet with proper shelter or protection from the weather is in violation of 4:22-17a. 1 and is subject to arrest and prosecution.
Maximum fine is $1000. and/or six months in the county jail.
Any questions related to animal cruelty can be directed to D/SGT Eugene Perrotta at (908) 709-7335 or DET Spencer Durkin at (908) 709-7346