State officials kick off ‘Too Hot for Spot’ safety campaign

BOSTON (WHDH) - Gov. Charlie Baker and state police officials joined the Animal Rescue League of Boston at the State House Friday to kick off the fifth annual “Too Hot for Spot” summer safety campaign.

During the event, ARL President Mary Nee discussed the dangers of exposing pets to extreme heat.

“Animals do not sweat like humans do, making it difficult for them to efficiently cool themselves and avoid overheating,” she said.

A demonstration showed just how hot a car can get in the summer sun with temperatures maxing out at over 120 degrees Fahrenheit in just 10 minutes.

“It doesn’t take much,” Baker said, “It doesn’t take long to put your loved pet in a terrible place.”

If anyone sees an animal in distress they are urged to locate the owner, then call 911.

ARL officials say it is legal to break the car windows to save a suffering animal; however, this should be a last resort.




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