Cpl. Michael Streichert with the Panama City Police Department glances at the small thermometer News 13 placed in his police car.
"In two minutes, it's gone from 80 degrees to 84 degrees..." says Cpl. Striechert
Throughout his interview, we continued to see the temperature rise, giving us proof that a vehicle's temperature can change in a few minutes...the same amount of time it may take you to just make a quick errand.
"A five minute visit running into the convenient store, even with the windows cracked, can turn into tragedy, says Dr. Albert Bias at Agape Animal Center, "I've had it happen a few times with my clients." Dr. Bias says the summer heat inside and outside of a vehicle can be dangerous for dogs.
"If they have to be in the yard, always want to keep them in the shade or a shaded area they can get to, explains Dr. Bias. "Some people like to use kiddie pools and with evaporation, that helps out a lot." He adds pet owners need to use commonsense. "Anything you do for us or your kid, do for your pet.
If Panama City Police feels the animal left in a hot vehicle is in distress, they can make forced entry into the vehicle and retrieve the animal.
Depending on the circumstances, a person could be fined for leaving their pet in a hot car.