JOPLIN, MO.--- Mary Ann Schlau works at the Golden Paw Pet Rescue in Joplin. She is warning pet owners to not leave their animals in hot cars for any amount of time this summer. Just a few minutes can cause brain damage. 15 minutes in a hot car could cause the animal to die. Schlau says it's amazing how hot a car can heat up in the middle of the day.
"Get in their car after you shut it off for five to 10 minutes and see how long you can stand in there. It's ungodly. Just getting in the car in this type of temperatures is horrible," said Mary Ann Schlau, Golden Paw Pet Rescue.
Also remember to not keep children in a hot car this summer. It's not safe even if the car is still running.
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