A pit bull named Max locked in a hot Chevrolet pickup truck overheated and died yesterday despite efforts by animal control officers to save him, authorities said.

Max was found about 4:44 p.m. by Boston firefighters on Burroughs Street in Jamaica Plain who called Inspectional Service’s Animal Control Unit to the scene. Animal control officers arrived and found the dog in distress. The dog was taken to Angell Memorial Medical Center, where he later died.

Inspectional Services found the dog’s owner, who was cited, the report said.

“A hot vehicle is very dangerous for animals,” said Animal Rescue League Lt. Alan Borgal. “Animals overheat easily, and can quickly succumb to heatstroke if left in a hot vehicle. The best advice is to leave your animals at home when it’s hot outside.”

Even mild days pose dangers for animals in cars. The temperature inside a car can soar to over 100 degrees when the outside temperature is just 70 degrees.