Medford, Ore. — As temperatures in the Rogue Valley heat up, Medford Police are reminding everyone to make sure kids and pets aren’t left in hot cars. Officers say you can face a hefty fine, and even jail time over the issue.
Medford Police Lieutenant Kerry Curtis said, “Temperatures inside a car, especially in the heat right now can escalate rather quickly, those temperatures are unsafe for animals, unsafe for children, unsafe for anybody.”
In a Facebook post, the Mt. Shasta Police Department said on a 90-degree day, the interior temperature of a vehicle can reach as high as 160 degrees in less than 10 minutes.
Medford Police say if you see a child or a dog left in a car, call 911 immediately, and ask the nearest business to make an emergency announcement.
Officers said leaving your dogs inside a car not only does this put your dog at great risk, but it can result in Animal Neglect charges and/or a broken window. They encourage the public to leave your dog at home as the temperatures climb.