NEW FAIRFIELD, Conn. (WTNH) – Police officers rescued a dog from a hot car in New Fairfield on the Fourth of July, according to state police.

Just before 2 p.m., New Fairfield officers and sergeants/troopers from the New Fairfield Resident Trooper’s Office responded to a business parking lot for a report of a dog locked inside of a parked car.

State police said it was around 82 degrees at the time. Officers saw a dog in distress, locked inside of a dark-colored car with its windows rolled up, according to state police.

State police said it is unknown how long the dog was left unattended inside the car.

Officers broke a window and moved the dog to an air-conditioned police cruiser, where state police say the dog’s condition improved.

Photo: Connecticut State Police

The New Fairfield Animal Control Officer responded quickly to the scene and took custody of the dog, state police said.

“It’s always a lot hotter in vehicles than it is outside,” said Trooper Pedro Muniz, Connecticut State Police.

State police are reminding people to never leave pets alone in a car on a warm day. They provided the following approximate vehicle temperatures and how long it takes to reach high temperatures inside them:

Approximate Vehicle Temperature:

Outside

Inside

Time to Reach

75

100

10 minutes

75

120

10 minutes

85

90

5 minutes

85

100

7-10 minutes

85

120

30 minutes

100

140

15 minutes

Laura Burban, the director of the Dan Cosgrove Animal Shelter also warns against leaving a pet inside a car unattended with the windows slightly lowered.

“They’ll see their gums starting to get sticky, sometimes their gums will turn blue due to lack of oxygen. You will see the animal panting,” Burban said.

The investigation remains ongoing by the New Fairfield Animal Control Office.

If you see an animal in distress in a hot car, state police say to report it to police immediately.