Police warn drivers about leaving pets in cars

PANAMA CITY BEACH, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - If you are running errands this summer, the Panama City Beach Police Department is asking you to leave your pet at home if you can.

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According to Panama City Beach Police Lieutenant Clayton Jordan, if the temperature is in the 90's outside, it can feel like the triple digits for pets left inside a vehicle.

The police also understand if people have pets who cannot be left home alone due to stress or other health complications.

If someone sees an animal believed to be in distress inside a car, the police department asks for people to call first.

"Window is semi cracked, the window's not cracked, some people leave water. Sometimes during the fall and the spring, or the winter, it's not that hot outside and people, I've seen people leave food and water for the animal and it's fine. The environment's fine, just as it would be in the house," said Lieutenant Clayton Jordan.

According to Lieutenant Jordan, leaving an animal in a hot car can potentially lead to a first degree misdemeanor charge or $1,000 fine,