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Do not leave children, pets unattended in vehicles during hot weather

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ST. LOUIS ( – As the heat rises, officials are reminding people not to leave children or pets unattended in hot vehicles.

According to, from 1998 to 2015, 16 children in both Missouri and Illinois died in hot cars.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon currently has a bill on his desk that would protect people who break into hot cars to rescue children from being prosecuted for vandalism.  

Randy Grimm with Stray Rescue of St. Louis told News 4 he has already treated about six pets for heat illnesses within the last week. He said all of the cases were preventable.

Grimm also told News 4 people can face serious charges for leaving pets in hot vehicles.

“Our trauma center is very busy trying to save the dogs that people have neglected so don’t be a neglecter it’s real common sense,” said Grimm.

The National Highway Transportation and Safety Administration said the key is took look before you lock, a slogan they are using to remind people not to leave kids and pets in vehicles.

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