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Police offer pet advice

ALBANY — During the boiling hot days of summer, dogs and cats can suffer just as much as people. The Albany Police Department has established some simple guidelines for caring for pets.

Be aware, says the APD, that on warmer days the inside of a car can reach temperatures of 120 degrees in a matter of minutes. Pets left inside can quickly experience heat exhaustion, heat stroke, brain damage or even death.

“Don’t think that just because you’re ‘only gone a minute’ that your pet will be safe till you return,” said an APD official. “Even an air-conditioned car with the motor off isn’t healthy for your pet.”

According to the APD, the best thing for pets is to leave them at home and cool while you’re running errands in the heat. Anyone who happens to see a pet alone in a car is encouraged to alert the management of the store where the car is parked, police officials said. If the owner isn’t back promptly, call animal control or the police department.

For outdoor pets, be sure to provide plenty of water and shade, so they can stay cool.