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Leaving your pet in a car can cause serious health related issues

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PEORIA, Ill (HOI) -- -

If you're planning to run errands in this hot weather, think twice about bringing your pet with you. 

Keeping animals inside a hot vehicle could cause them heat related illnesses.

In 2015, the "Humane Care for Animals" Act passed in Illinois stating that pet owners can be punished for leaving their pets unattended in a hot car.   
Even when it's overcast, it can reach up to 109 degrees in a car in just 20 minutes.

"We're looking at day outside like they're at right now, and heat strokes can happen in a matter of 15 minutes. We can go from a normal happy dog wagging its tail when you left to go to the store for just a milk, to a dog that is in a pretty dire state really quickly,"said Dr. Addison Demanes

If you're caught, you could face a Class A Misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in prison or a $2,500.  

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