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Dead dog found in hot car in Durham

Posted June 7, 2008 4:23 p.m. EDT

— Tests are being run to see if a dog found dead inside a van on the campus of North Carolina Central University on Saturday died from the heat, animal control officials said Saturday.

Durham County Animal Control Lt. Melinda Duarte said animal cruelty charges are pending the outcome of the results, which may take a few days.

The dog’s owners are from Tennessee.

A passer-by notified animal control about the dog – a daschund – shortly before noon.

The van’s windows were not cracked, Duarte said. Even with the windows open, a parked automobile can quickly become a furnace in no time, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals warns.

Temperatures on Saturday neared 100 degrees.

The ASPCA suggests never leaving a pet alone in a vehicle because hyperthermia can be fatal. Parking in the shade offers little protection, as the sun shifts during the day.