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Dog deaths a reminder to keep pets at home during hot days

Posted May 14, 2014
Updated May 15, 2014

— A Franklinton woman faces animal cruelty charges after two dogs died in her car Wednesday morning.

Wake Forest police said Jennifer King, 34, left the animals in her vehicle for nearly three hours while she was inside the Walmart at 2114 S. Main St. in Wake Forest.

Police were called to the store around 11:30 a.m. after receiving a report that the dogs were dead.

Even though the outside temperature was about 80 degrees, the heat inside the car was more than 120 degrees when the dogs died, investigators said.

Even if the air conditioner is left on, it's never good to leave an animal inside a car because it won't help cool the animal, authorities said. Dogs, for example, have an internal body temperature of 102 degrees and it's difficult for them to cool themselves.

"It's a heat stroke, essentially, is what they succumb to," said Dr. Ginger Tran with Heritage Animal Hospital in Wake Forest. "In a car with windows, even if they are cracked, the temperature can increase over 15 degrees just within 5 to 10 minutes."

In that same amount of time, a dog's temperature can jump 20 to 25 degrees in 10 minutes, she added.

Tran said Wednesday's incident is a reminder to dog owners regarding the danger of leaving pets in cars as temperatures become warmer.

"Leave them at home," she said.

Wake Forest police urge anyone who sees an animal inside a car to call them at 919-554-6150 rather than tracking down the vehicle's driver.


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  • Forthe Newssite May 16, 2014
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    IF your dog is in a car and obviously suffering windows SHOULD be broken.

    As to considering our 4 legged pets children....well they ARE!!! Some of us don't HAVE 2 legged children for reasons that are none of your business, so furkids it is.....

  • Itsmyopinion67 May 15, 2014

    Pet owners should be randomly quizzed on dog/cat knowledge. If they fail...they should go to jail.

  • JustLikeYou May 15, 2014

    Oh, a reminder you say? Anyone who owns a pet should never have to be reminded of this fact - they should know better!!!!!

  • andreanicole686 May 15, 2014

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    I was thinking the same thing. Shame on her and everyone who walked by there. I would of broken her windows to get them out.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" May 15, 2014

    Ya know what bothers me about this story too? Those dogs suffered. They didn't do so quietly but must've cried and whined for a while until the heat sapped them too much to do so. Did no one passing by that car in that parking lot for 3 hours notice them suffering in that car???

  • Viewer May 15, 2014

    On a related note -children in hot cars.

    Several years ago my neighbors accidently locked the doors leaving the only keys in the ignition and two helpless kid in the SUV. there were some anxious moments until the Fayetteville Fire Department showed up to open the door.

    That same day I went to the car parts store there is now a car window breaking hammer in all our cars.

  • Lightfoot3 May 15, 2014

    "do you just pick out particular words to reply to" - scubagirl2

    Some seem to like to stir the stink, and don't actually read what the person they are replying to said. I think they weren't slapped enough growing up.

    "I actually DO care more for dogs than many people" - scubagirl2

    After family, my cats will take precedence above most other people. Even some family. :)

  • ncouterbanks69 May 15, 2014

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    The scary thing is that some people actually compare a child to a (sigh) dog so that is certainly possible. Which to me is beyond sad. I sure would love to see someone trying to break the windows in one of my cars......there would be a major issue that goes well beyond a dog. I do not condone what this woman did at all but how can we severly punish her when we do not hardly punish violent (against gasp a human) criminals? If only we would actually punish them all.

  • icdumbpeople May 15, 2014

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    Amen to that. I agree soooo much!

  • bobbobson23 May 15, 2014

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    It doesn't matter what the humidity is. A sunny 80-degree day in the middle of May will ultimately lead to 110-120 degrees inside your car. Everybody should know that.