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Pet owners reminded of heat dangers

June 6, 2014

BY JOSH PRESLEY
news@dailytimesleader.com

Summer is bearing down on Clay County, and four-legged locals could be suffering from the heat more than most.
West Point Animal Control Officer Brent Brooks said it’s important for residents to take extra care of their dogs during the summer months. The city has received several calls about dog dehydration, according to Brooks, with three in the last week alone.
“We’ve gotten calls about dogs with stagnant water or no water at all,” Brooks said. “Residents have got keep fresh water and food for their dogs at all times, because if the food gets hot and sour, a dog won’t eat it.”
Brooks said if a resident has an outside dog, it’s best to keep them in a shaded area and check on them twice a day. He said on some of the hotter days it’s good to spray a dog down with water to cool them off.
“If you’re going to put your dog on a chain, they must have enough room to get inside their dog house properly,” he said. “They also have to be able to reach a water and food bowl, and need to be taken off the chain twice a week for exercise.”
West Point Chief Administrative Officer Randy Jones said the city gets bombarded with calls every summer about dogs being left out in the sun or in cars.
According to the West Point Animal Control Ordinance, it is unlawful to leave an animal unattended inside a motor vehicle when it could be potentially harmful to the animal.

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