COLORADO SPRINGS — As summer starts to heat up it’s important to remember dogs and hot cars don’t mix.

Katie McDevitt, Donor Relations Officer with the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region (HSPPR) and Mark Barton, General Manager/Partner of Phil Long Ford of Motor City stopped by FOX21 News to share some important facts.

On warm, sunny days, the inside of a car heats up very quickly, and cracking a window makes no difference.

According to HSPPR, on a 75-degree day, the temperature inside a car can climb above 94-degrees in just 10 minutes and on warmer days it will go even higher.

Pets that are exposed to high temperatures can suffer fever, organ failure, brain damage, or even death. Their owners, even if there was no malice or ill intent, can be found criminally negligent and charged with cruelty to animals.

If you see a pet that’s been left unattended in a vehicle on a hot day, call Animal Law Enforcement or police dispatch to report it. If the animal is in severe distress or unconscious, call 9-1-1.

Colorado passed a hot car immunity law a few years ago, but McDevitt said there are a lot of stipulations that need to be met to ensure immunity from civil and criminal liability.

If you suspect a dog has overheated, move them out of the sun/heat, offer cool water, and use cool, not cold, water to help bring their temperature down. Contact a veterinarian immediately.

Phil Long Ford of Motor City is a proud sponsor of HSPPR and helping animals in the community get adopted. Barton said Phil Long Ford of Motor City has donated more than $50,000 to HSPPR this year.

This featured pet of the week has been adopted.