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HERMANTOWN - Keeping your pet cooped up in a hot vehicle can lead to major consequences.
According to Minnesota state law, if a person is caught leaving their animal in a car on a hot day they can be charged with a misdemenor.
This can come with a $1,000 fine or up to 90 days in jail.
When calling in an animal left in a hot car, the Hermantown Police Department advises that you give the lisence plate number, a description of the vehicle, and the location of the vehicle in the parking lot.
The police also contact the local Humane Society to report the act of neglect.
On an average 75 degree day, a car can heat up to 100 degrees in 10 minutes.
One hundred and sixty degrees is hot enough to kill an animal.
The best advice Sgt. William Marsolek had to offer was to leave your four legged friend at home in the air conditioning.