“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.
NBC5 News reporter Karen Tang graduated from the University of Maryland with a degree in communications and a master’s in journalism.
Before coming to Medford, Karen was an intern at WUSA9 and NBC News Channel in Washington D.C.
During her time in Maryland, Karen was an NCAA Division I student-athlete on the Maryland gymnastics team. She competed against Big Ten universities and made the Big Ten All-Championship team.
When Karen isn’t reporting, she’s at the gym working out, taking pictures with her dog Boomer and searching for the best food in Southern Oregon.