PITTSFIELD — Whether it's 75 or 100 degrees, pets likely will overheat — possibly die — in a parked car under the summer sun in just a few minutes.

Local animal advocates offered that advice in the wake of a dog being rescued from a black car, left alone for about 15 minutes in Saturday's 90-degree heat.

"In 10 minutes, the temperature in the car — windows rolled up — reaches 100 degrees," said Pittsfield Animal Control Officer Joseph Chague.

Pittsfield authorities, called to the Walmart parking lot by several concerned citizens, removed the canine after being unable to locate the owner.

"If we believe that animal is in distress, we'll remove it," Chague said, noting that removal rarely occurs but is allowed by state law.

In a posting on the Pittsfield Police Department Facebook page, dozens of people backed the officer who rescued the dog.

"Way to go Pittsfield Police for rescuing this cute pup and a HUGE shout out to the person who called them to rescue the dog," said Diana Carmel.

The dog was taken to the Eleanor Sonsini Animal Shelter in Downing Industrial Park, where the owner paid a $40 impoundment fee to get back her pet pooch.

"She was more than grateful to pay the fee and thanked the police and the shelter," said Emily Chasse, the facility's assistant manager.

As summer vacation season approaches, many families will take their dogs along, and they must realize that riding in a car for any length of time can take its toll, according to Chasse.


"If you travel, bring a bowl and plenty of water and monitor your pet's health as they don't sweat like humans," she said. "If on a long trip, have the A/C on."

For more information on summer pet safety go to the Humane Society of the Untied States website at www.humanesociety.org.

Contact Dick Lindsay at 413-496-6233.

The heat is on

A locked car with windows rolled up is no place for pets in the summer.

• When air temperature is 75 degrees, a car interior reaches 100 degrees in 10 minutes; 120 degrees in 30 minutes.

• At 85 degrees, the car interior reaches 100 in 8 minutes; 120 in 30 minutes.

• At 100 degrees, car interior reaches 120 in 30 minutes.

Source: American Kennel Club