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Northwest Missouri State University


News Release

June 23, 2014

University Police bring attention to summer pet safety

The Northwest Missouri State University Police Department is reminding pet owners about the dangers of leaving pets in cars during the summer season.

The interior of a vehicle can become dangerously hot in just a matter of minutes. On a 70- degree day, a vehicle without air conditioning can reach more than 100 degrees. When the outside temperature is higher, the interior of a car may exceed 145 degrees. What feels comfortable or acceptable may not be healthy for pets that adapt differently to the high heat. 

If you must travel with a pet, University Police offers these tips to help keep your pet safe:

People who see a “hot car” situation on campus, are encouraged to call University Police at 660.562.1254. Be prepared to give the dispatcher your location, vehicle description, license plate and a visual description of the occupants’ condition. 


For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager
mhorn@nwmissouri.edu | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468