With temperatures expected to reach near the 90-degree mark on Sunday into mid-next week, your pet could be a risk if kept in the car. This is just not an option, albeit even for five minutes according to The Berkshire Humane Society's John Perrault.

Slater caught up with Perrault on Wednesday about some myth vs. fact concerning your dog (pets) and extreme heat.

MYTH: Leaving Your Dog In The Car Just For A Few Minutes Is O.K.

"Slater there is a lot of myths about, ya know, I can park in the shade, I'm only going in for a few minutes, I can crack the window, all that does not make a difference. In direct sunlight or in shade may account for a few minutes; however, overall, if it's 70 degrees outside, and you go in the store for 20 minutes, your car will exceed 90 degrees in that time period", said Perrault. "If it's 85 out, in less than 10 minutes, it will be 102-105 degrees in your car."

In 2016, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker passed the "Act Preventing Animal Suffering and Death", which allows you to act, even if breaking a car window is necessary to save an animal. Calling the authorities first is recommended. Dogs can die of heatstroke within 15 minutes.

MYTH: Leave A Bowl Of Water Outside For Your Dog And It'll Be Fine

"What people don't realize is that if you leave your dog outside, what may be shade at 8 a.m. isn't necessarily shade at noon. A bowl of water, which is absolutely necessary, could be spilt in the first five minutes after you drive away. First, you should never leave your dog outside unattended, but if you have to for a few minutes, make sure there is plenty of shade. Second, leave plenty of water in a container that cannot be easily spilt by a chain or a leash or anything like that."

John Perrault from The Berkshire Human Society joins Slater and Marjo every Wednesday morning just after 8:30 a.m.

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