PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) -- With high temperatures on the rise it is important to take proper precautions for not only yourself but your pets as well.
On Tuesday, a dog lost its life after being locked in a car for too long. Johnston Animal Control responded to the scene and the owner may now be facing charges.
In early July, a new law was passed that gives authorities more power to charge people with animal cruelty.
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President of the Rhode Island SPCA Dr. E.J. Finocchio said the old law was difficult to enforce. "A person could get away with it because it wasn't a willful act. If it's knowingly, negligently, willfully, intentionally, it's a good weapon to have," he said.
After leaving a car unattended, temperatures can rise from 90 to 130 degrees in under twelve minutes.
Finocchio recommends keeping animals inside or in the shade with plenty of water during the high temperatures. Also, do not exercise your pets in the heat. When cooling them off, be sure to use cool, not cold water and place them in front of a fan.
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If an animal's temperature is 103-104 degrees, take action immediately.
If you see an animal left in a car for too long be sure to contact your local police department immediately.
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