“Make people aware, just make people aware to just leave your dogs at home because its hot in the car,” said Joan Starr.
Starr is a self-described animal lover. She says whenever she sees an animal inside a car she’ll leave a note warning the owner the dangers of the heat.
“Just a friendly reminder, I’m not trying to get anyone in trouble,” she said.
According to animal rights group PETA, even on a 78 degree day, the temperature inside a parked car can reach up to 100 degrees in just minutes.
Police say if you do see a dog in distress inside a locked vehicle, try to find the owner, if you’re unsuccessful, call 911.
It is now legal for Oregonians to break a car’s window if you see a child or pet locked in a car and suffering from a heat related illness.