HOT CARS DEADLY FOR PETS
Pet owners should not leave their animal in the car – even for a few minutes – when the hot weather arrives. The inside temperature of the car can quickly reach 120 degrees. Pet owners are urged to refrain from leaving animals in the car, even with the windows cracked open.
Did you know that leaving a pet in a car on a warm day can be fatal? Pets can suffer brain damage or die of heatstroke in just 15 minutes. Every year thousands of pets suffer because they can only cool themselves by panting and sweating through their foot pads.
Pets may be at risk for heatstroke if they exhibiting some or all of the following signs of distress:
- Excessive thirst
- Heavy panting
- Lack of appetite
- Darkened tongue
- Rapid heartbeat
- Glassy eyes
- Lack of coordination
Pets at greatest risk of heatstroke are young pets, elderly pets, overweight pets, pets with shortened muzzles (pugs, boxers, etc.), and those with thick or dark coats.
If a pet shows these symptoms, he should be brought into the shade immediately and you should contact your veterinarian. You may be advised to provide small amounts of water to drink, apply a cold towel or icepack to the pet’s head, neck or chest, or immerse your dog in lukewarm water to begin lowering his body temperature prior to transport to the hospital.
If you do see a pet in distress, take down the car’s color, make, model and license plate number. Have the owner paged in the nearest buildings or call the police/local animal control. Don’t leave the scene until the situation has been resolved. Be a part of the solution and get involved.
Mesquite City Ordinance 10-5-6 B It is unlawful for any person to confine an animal in a motor vehicle under conditions or for such a period of time as may endanger the health of such animal due to heat, cold, lack of food or water or other circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering. Total bail $500.00
Featured Dog- Tobby
Hey! Hi! Helloooo! Toby is the name, and enthusiasm’s the game! He loves to run, to play, and anything active just makes is day! Making sure he gets plenty of exercise and furthering manners training will go a long way in helping hiking, biking, or agility training. He might do best in a home with children old enough to handle is exuberant spirit and zest for, well, EVERYTHING! He is a wonderful little dog so eager t please people.
Other available dogs- No other dogs are available for adoption at the time this article was submitted
Featured Cat- Mikah
Mikah was left behind when his family went away. He is a large orange and white tabby, 1 year old, neutered and current on shots. He is a bit shy at first but is getting used to the volunteers and visitors at the shelter. He is feeling safe and understands he will have a home soon. He will play with toys and loves attention.
Other available cats- No other cats available for adoption at time the article was submitted.
All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
The City of Mesquite Animal Shelter located at 795 Hardy Way is open for adoptions from 11am until 1 pm, Monday through Saturday, Sunday 1pm -3pm. Please call 702-346-7415 during these hours to speak to the front desk. Animal Control may be reached by phone or voicemail at 702-346-5268
The animals submitted to the media may have changed so please visit our Petfinder website for a current listing and more detailed information on the animals. www.mesquiteanimalshelter.petfinder.com
Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. https://www.facebook.com/MesquiteNVAnimalControl and https://www.facebook.com/FRIENDSOFMESQUITENVANIMALSHELTER