Don't forget pets when weather's hot

ALBANY, Ga. -- Luckily it has been years since the last heat-related pet fatality, but the danger remains, an animal control official says.

"We had a case at the (Albany) Mall parking lot about a week ago with a dog left in a car," said Sherman Capers, animal control superintendent. "The dog was not in danger because we got there quick. The owner was cited for cruelty to an animal."

When the temperature goes up outside, it is significantly hotter inside a vehicle, Capers said. People don't seem to realize that an animal heats up like it is in a microwave, he added.

Capers offered these tips for pets in the summer:

  • When possible, bring pets into an air-conditioned area. If there is no air conditioning, use fans.

  • Fresh water must be available at all times in non-spill containers.

  • It pets are outside, they must have a shady, sheltered place to rest.

  • Do not violate city ordinances and leave any animal unattended in a vehicle during the summer weather. It could be reason for a cruelty to animals citation.

  • Excessive panting, staggering and vomiting are signs of stress in dogs. To help, use a sponge and apply cool water to the pet's neck and groin to lower internal temperatures. Call a veterinarian immediately about treatment.


FryarTuk 3 years, 4 months ago

Thanks for the reminder. Pets are like children, their world is framed by the adults who govern them.


VSU 3 years, 4 months ago

That's true, people leave pets and children in the cars. Careless move.


alleebrin 3 years, 4 months ago

Left to me, people would have to qualify to have pets, children and old folks!!! Grrrr!


GG126 3 years, 4 months ago

I was the person that notified the authorities of the small dog left in the vehicle at the mall last week. The poor thing was whining and barking for help. The four windows of the large suv were down only about an inch in near 100 degree temperature. Surely the driver from Terrell Co. knew they were coming to Albany to shop for a while, so what were they thinking bringing their dog along to sit in a huge oven as they shopped in the AC.


KaosinAlbany 3 years, 4 months ago

Thank you for your good deed. I cannot handle seeing dogs boil in cars.


tocar 3 years, 4 months ago

Thank you GG126 for notifying the authorities about the small dog. The owner should have been put in the vehicle to sit for longer than the little dog had to. These types do not need a dog, child or an elderly person to see about. When we get a dog or pet we are committed to taking care of them in a responsible way. Sounds like this owner was not. How sad for the dog!


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