BROKEN ARROW, Okla. - Area police are issuing a reminder to not leave children or pets in vehicles during extreme temperatures.
Hot cars can be deadly for kids, pets and even elderly or vulnerable adults.
On 90-degree days, temperatures inside vehicles with the windows up can surpass 120 degrees after just 30 minutes in the sun.
Nationwide, Broken Arrow Police Cpl. Leon Calhoun says at least eight deaths are already being attributed to heat exposure this year. Most of the victims were children under the age of two who were left unattended in vehicles.
In the past week, Broken Arrow police received five 911 calls involving pets left in vehicles with the windows rolled up, said Calhoun. On one call, an officer was forced to break a window to rescue a dog from a locked vehicle when the owner couldn't be located.
The owner was later arrested for animal cruelty, Calhoun said, and the dog was taken to a shelter.
In the other four cases, the owners were cited for animal cruelty and released.
The Broken Arrow Police Department operates under a zero tolerance policy regarding these types of calls, as do many area law enforcement officers.
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