CREATED Jul. 9, 2013
Omaha, NE - Even under a heat advisory, some Omaha pet owners left their dogs to bake.
"If we didn't get there when we did, that dog easily could have died."
With the index, it felt 104 degrees and still the Nebraska Humane Society found dogs suffering inside of hot cars.
"Well obviously dogs don't sweat, so it causes the body temperature to increase in very hot cars. So we've had dogs in the past nearly die from heat stroke and medical conditions like that left in cars on days like this."
Mark Langan says all day long their phones rang with reports of dogs left in cars.
"99 degrees inside that car, so I mean a Maltese terrier, a very small dog suffering inside this car, so we've had many many calls today."
"I think a lot of people keep an eye out on that, and really watch out for pets and children, so it's just, it can get so hot so fast, it's sad."
It doesn't take long for any car to turn into an oven. An outside temperature of 70 degrees turn into 99 degrees inside a car, after just 20 minutes. 80 degrees rises to 109 and on a day like today, 90 degrees turns into 124.
At Hanscom dog Park, 10 year old Hailey Messel already knows how to be responsible.
"They're living creatures just as much as we are. When you have a pet you're supposed to love them and feed them and give them good care, but you don't leave them in a car."
She says she always gives her dog Spinelli lots of water and plenty of love.
"I just think it's really important, we need it. We'll get dehydrated so will they."