To the Journal editor:
When it is 70 degrees outside, the temperature inside your car will spike to 89 degrees in just 10 minutes and 104 degrees in hour! Imagine sitting in a car with a fur coat on in these temps! Never leave your dog unattended in a parked car during the summer months.
Even if you park in the shade with your windows cracked open, the internal temperature of your car can heat up in no time at all, putting your dog at serious risk for heat stroke and death. Cars can rapidly reach life threatening temperatures even on mild days. If you leave your dog in a parked car when it is warm/hot outside, expect a visit from the police as people are instructed to call 911.