Of­fi­cials warn against leav­ing pets, chil­dren in cars

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BY MARY RUMORE life@starkvilledai­lynews.com

With sum­mer tem­per­a­tures al­ready in the 90s, lo­cal au­thor­i­ties are urg­ing res­i­dents against leav­ing chil­dren and pets unat­tended in ve­hi­cles.

Ac­cord­ing to the Kids and Cars Or­ga­ni­za­tion data­base of U.S. Na­tional Non­traf­fic Child Fa­tal­i­ties, 43 chil­dren died from heat­stroke in a ve­hi­cle in 2017 in the coun­try, while 18 chil­dren un­der the age of 14 died in Mis­sis­sippi from a heat­stroke in a ve­hi­cle from 1990 to 2017.

“Na­tion­ally you see these tragic sto­ries of in­di­vid­u­als for­get­ting their ba­bies sim­ply be­cause of the hus­tle and bus­tle of life,” said Starkville Po­lice Depart­ment Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Bran­don Love­lady.

Even with the win­dows cracked, the tem­per­a­ture in­side a car can reach 125 de­grees Fahren­heit in min­utes, and crack­ing the win­dows does not help slow the heat­ing process or de­crease the max­i­mum tem­per­a­ture, ac­cord­ing to Kids and Cars. Eighty per­cent of the in­crease in tem­per­a­ture hap­pens in the first 10 min­utes, and chil­dren have died

from heat­stroke in cars in temps as low as 60 de­grees Fahren­heit.

“Tem­per­a­tures can rise quickly in a ve­hi­cle with little or no ven­ti­la­tion in the Mis­sis­sippi sum­mer,” Love­lady said.

Love­lady said to avoid ac­ci­den­tally

leav­ing a child unat­tended in parked car, the driver should leave a nec­es­sary per­sonal item in the back­seat, such as a shoe, with the child to re­mind them­selves to check the back­seat.

West Point Clay County An­i­mal Shel­ter Di­rec­tor Lisa Hen­ley said leav­ing a pet unat­tended should al­ways be avoided, even with the win­dows rolled down or the air con­di­tion­ing run­ning.

“Heat­stroke is the main con­cern, and or­gans can shut down and death oc­cur in as little as 15 min­utes,” Mis­sis­sippi State Univer­sity Col­lege of Vet­eri­nary Medicine Com­mu­nity Out­reach Vet­eri­nar­ian Dr. Brit­tany Moore said.

Moore said some short nosed breeds, like bull­dogs, who are al­ready prone to res­pi­ra­tory is­sues can over­heat

in as little as two min­utes.

Hen­ley said large dogs with heavy coats are also more at risk for heat­stroke.

Moore said any an­i­mals show­ing symp­toms of heat­stroke, such as ex­ces­sive drool­ing, pant­ing any body tem­per­a­ture above 103 de­grees Fahren­heit, should be taken to a vet­eri­nar­ian im­me­di­ately.

Hen­ley said putting an an­i­mal hav­ing a heat stroke in an ice bath or cold wa­ter can cause shock and be even more dan­ger­ous for the an­i­mal.

“Sim­ply put, don’t do it,” Hen­ley said.

Love­lady said if any­one sees a child or an­i­mal unat­tended in a hot ve­hi­cle, they should call their lo­cal au­thor­i­ties im­me­di­ately.

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