Couple cited after leaving dogs in hot car

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A couple was cited for animal cruelty this past weekend after they left two dogs in their van when it was more than 90 degrees outside.

It all happened Sunday in the parking lot of the Regal Movie theater in Grand Junction.

Animal control was called out and officers said the van was 97 degrees when the dogs were taken out. The investigation is ongoing.

Dr. Tanja Omar from the Orchard Mesa Veterinary Hospital said there are plenty of dangers from leaving your dog in a hot car for too long.

“Heart rate starts to drop and you get GI bleeding and erythema’s, parts of your heart start to die off and fluids will build up in your lungs and you'll get fluid in your brain and the body will start to shut down,” said Omar.

It’s best to get a dog out of a hot car situation and into the shade or a cooler area.

Dr. Omar cautioned that a dog shouldn't be given water immediately as it could be disoriented and can choke on the water.

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