What's It Like Inside A Hot Car?

Step outside and the heat hits you. The high temperatures are not only uncomfortable, but they're potentially deadly.

Since May 1st, Guilford County Animal Control and Guilford Metro have responded to 49 calls of dogs locked in a car. That's over one call everyday.

History shows us these numbers will only go up. In 2013, there were 99 of these calls made to animal control, and there were 92 calls in 2012.

Reporter Nick Monacelli from our sister station in Sacramento, California stuck himself inside a car to test the heat. A veterinarian stood by to talk about the effects on pets.

When an animal tries to cool itself it starts panting. When the air that they breathe is hotter than what's inside they're body, they have a really hard time cooling down," says Dr. Grant Miller with the California Veterinary Medical Association. "It would be the equivalent to you turning the heater on and trying to cool down in the heater. Every animal is different, but you can imagine, if you have a heavy fur coat on, if you can't sweat to stay cool, it can be within minutes until it's absolutely deadly."

The temperature inside a car will spike rapidly in just 15 minutes. During Monacelli's test, the temperature inside jumped from 99 degrees to 116 degree in 6 minutes.

Temperatures jumped even higher by the 12 minute mark, topping out at 142 degrees.



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