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Dogs rescued from hot cars at Grayson College

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GRAYSON COUNTY -- Saturday should bring the first 100 degree day of the year.

As temperatures rise, local police are driving home the message to never to leave your dog in your car during the summer.

We haven't hit 100 degrees yet but already, several dogs have had to be rescued from hot vehicles at Grayson College. Each time, campus police say what was supposed to be a five minute errand at school ended up taking much longer.

Ernie Taylor is a student at Grayson College. He also works, has a family and a dog that sometimes comes with him.

"She's part of the family," he said.

Taylor says he's never forgotten "Lola" in his truck but recently, some of his fellow students have left their dogs inside their cars at school.

In the past two weeks, Grayson College police say they've had to rescue three dogs from two different vehicles.

"Why would you leave your dog in a car when you go to class or something like that?" Taylor asked.

The most recent case involved two Pomeranians.

Officer Allison Alexander says they had to reach inside a cracked window to roll it down after the owner disappeared for 30 minutes.

"The dogs were overheated. They were very hot. Their hearts were racing. They were breathing heavily, panting. We were able to get them out of the vehicle within minutes and we were able to give them water and they were okay," Alexander said.

Twenty minutes after we arrived on-campus, a thermometer placed inside our vehicle jumped from 75 to 95 degrees, with the windows cracked.

We also left a thermometer inside the vehicle with the windows rolled up to see how hot it could get with temperatures outside at 95 degrees. After several hours, our thermometer reached 108 degrees.

107 degrees is lethal, Alexander said.

While all the dogs rescued recently survived, "Last year, unfortunately, we did have two dogs that were left in a vehicle while a student was in class and both dogs died," she said.

Now, by patrolling parking lots even more and posting warnings on-campus, officers are determined to prevent a repeat this summer.

Drivers of the vehicles were charged with cruelty to animals which comes with up to a $10,000 fine and two years in jail, if convicted.