VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – Lately, we’ve had fantastic weather to be out and about, but the SPCA is reminding you to leave your dog at home if you are going to drive and park your car.

Lori Chortyk with the BC SPCA says it still happens. “People really don’t realize how quickly leaving their pets in their cars can lead to a fatality.”

She tells us it takes as little as 10 minutes for a dog to die in a car in the sun, “even if the windows are rolled down and it’s in the shade. Unfortunately, the temperatures just go up so quickly.”

“We really urge people just not to take their pets out in a car. It’s just too risky,” adds Chortyk.

If you see a dog panting in a parked car, you should call the SPCA or the police.

“We have seen cases where people have been charged with animal cruelty,” she points out.

A tip for dog walkers: In the summer sun, you should walk early or late in the day to avoid the real heat.