WASHINGTON - Police in the District are reminding people about the dangers of leaving pets inside parked vehicles after they pulled a puppy to safety.
D.C. Police tweeted a photo of a 7-month-old Yorkie named Jack they say they pulled from a parked vehicle Monday evening. "As a reminder, never leave your pet in the car unattended," police tweeted. "It only takes minutes for temps to reach dangerous levels." The dog appears to be in good health.
The D.C. region has been locked in a heat wave since last week with temperatures in the 90s expected until Friday. The National Weather Service warns to never leave children, pets, or anyone with limited mobility alone in a car for even a few minutes - even in mild weather. They say temperatures inside a vehicle can rise 20 degrees in as little as 10 minutes and 50 degrees in an hour even when outside air temperatures are in the 70s.