Dogs in hot cars, a deadly mix

It seems like a no brainer. Don't leave your dog or cat in a parked car in warm weather.

But a lot of people think they can just crack the windows and dash out for a quick minute.

Last year, veterinarian Ernie Ward (in the video below) tried an experiment: he parked himself in a hot car to see how it felt.

What he learned is how quickly the temperature spikes in just 5 or 10 minutes. Dogs can easily succumb to heat stroke in a hot car and every summer we hear of  tragic deaths. More info and tips here. In fact just three days ago, there were news reports of a Georgia father.charged with murder after his 22 month old son died in after being left in his SUV. The man had researched how long it took for a child to die in a hot car on the Internet.

This year the Animal Legal Defense Fund came up with another great idea to get the message out: a sunshade that reminds people of the dangers of hot cars and what to do if you see a dog locked in a car. (Hint: Call 911)

The shades are available for $20 through the ALDF website.