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Friday, October 23, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Dogs and the Fair don’t mix

You might think people would realize that they shouldn't stop by the Spokane Interstate Fair in this heat and leave their dogs locked in the car, but you would be wrong. Apparently the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service found two dogs locked in a car at the Fair that was 144 degrees inside on Sunday. The SCRAPS officer was just about ready to remove the dogs from the car when the owners came back and said that they had only been gone for an hour.

If that seems okay to you, go do an experiment. Find a nice, hot parking lot. Turn off the car and close the windows. Sit there. You will soon realize that it only takes a few minutes for it to become unbearable.

In this case the dogs survived and their owners were cited for confinement in an unsafe manner. But in these hot temperatures pets can quickly die in overheated cars, even if you crack the windows a bit. Please take care of your pets.

Nina Culver
Nina Culver is a freelancer for The Spokesman-Review's daily newspaper and weekly Voice sections.

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