Inconsiderate owners who left two dogs in an automobile in a Clifton parking lot Sunday afternoon (August 10) have been cited. Tragically, one dog died and the other is in critical condition.

According to KJCT-TV, the two dogs were left unattended in a car parked near a restaurant in the Coronado Plaza Shopping Center in Clifton Sunday afternoon. The report cites experts as saying in 85 degree weather, the interior temperature of a car can exceed 115 degrees within 30 minutes, even with the windows slightly open which can be deadly not only to humans, but animals.

Dogs regulate their temperature through panting and sweating through their paws. Panting moves cool air over the wet tongue and helps transfer heat out of the body. Heat stroke and death are likely if a dog's internal temperature reaches 107 degrees or more. (Normal canine temperatures are approximately 100-102 degrees).

KREX-TV says it was a server heading to work at a restaurant who noticed the dogs in the car around 3:00 p.m. and called police. It's estimated the dogs were left unattended in the car for at least an hour.

If you see an animal unattended in a hot car, immediately call Animal Control at (970) 242-4646.