His reminder is timely. The weather forecast through Monday calls for temperatures in the low to upper 80s each day.
"You just have to use as much foresight and common sense as you have," Arky said. "If it's over 60 degrees, just leave them home if you have to run into the store."
Dogs don't sweat to cool themselves down like humans do, and pets may get heat stroke, Arky said.
On that recent Sunday afternoon, Arky called the police to report the dogs in danger, then spoke to the store manager. The manager put out an announcement over the loudspeaker.
Police have legal authority to break a vehicle's window if a dog is unresponsive, said April Harris, associate director of Salt Lake County Animal Services. When police officers arrive, they use temperature gauges to determine how hot the car's dashboard is, then observe the animal's condition. If the animal is panting, police attempt to track down the car's owner. If it is unresponsive, police break the car's window.
Harris said police resort to breaking windows three to four times each summer.
"Animals are fairly resilient, but you don't want to push it too far," Arky said. "If it's 85 degrees and you go in the store for 10 minutes, you are taking your chances. Their systems can go into distress, and then you are looking at major veterinary bills."
Beside leaving the pets at home, Arky suggests leaving the car running with the air conditioning on if owners do not feel comfortable leaving them outside.
Arky has three dogs, and says he thinks of his dogs as part of the family, and wouldn't leave his dogs in the car.
"It's the same thing with your kid, you wouldn't leave them in the car for 10 minutes," he said.