One police officer in Rifle, Colorado is sick and tired of people leaving animals in hot cars, so she is taking action to protect them. The officer was summoned to the scene of a locked vehicle with a dog inside after a 911 call came in. Sadly, by the time the officer arrived on scene, the dog was dead.

Officer Dawn Neely, who handles animal control for the area, was off duty. She was so upset and wanted others to realize the fatal dangers of dogs in hot cars. She took to the Rifle Police Department’s Facebook page with a detailed message.

As of this writing, there are over 4,000 shares of the lengthy message. In it, she states, “A dog’s normal temperature is between 101 and 102.5⁰ F. When a dog’s temperature reaches 105.8⁰ F, permanent brain damage begins to occur. (That’s just a few degrees difference!) The critical temperature where multiple organ failure and impending death occurs is around 107 to 109⁰ F…Before you put your dog in the car, ask yourself if you really need to take your dog with you – and if the answer is no, leave your pet safely at home.”

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She wants people to call their local authorities if they see a pet in a car alone on a hot day that is anything over 70 degrees. One person recently became angry at the officer for telling him his dog was in danger. She used a laser thermometer on his vehicle, showing him the care temperature was 105.9 degrees.

Officer Neely prefers you leave your dog at home in situations like this. “Your dog wants to go for the fun, comfortable things, it doesn’t want to be cooked — have a better plan,” is her advice. Way to go, Officer Neely!