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Police issue warning about dogs in hot cars

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When it's hot, let your dog play in a pool, don't keep it locked up in a car. Winnipeg police warn motorists to be careful about their dog's health.

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When it's hot, let your dog play in a pool, don't keep it locked up in a car. Winnipeg police warn motorists to be careful about their dog's health.

Police are asking motorists with pets not to leave their animals cooped up in sweltering vehicles this summer.

In recent days, Winnipeg police have responded to reports of pets being left unattended inside vehicles during the daytime heat.

Police issued a news release today asking members of the public not to leave pets in parked vehicles for any period of time without proper ventilation or access to water.

Extreme temperatures can be reached even if a vehicle is parked in the shade with the windows slightly open, police said, and can have "a devastating impact" on any animal.

Police are asking anyone concerned for the well-being of an animal in a parked vehicle to notify management of the business closest to the vehicle to try and to locate the owner as soon as possible. If that doesn’t work, contact police, the release said.

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