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:

  • Restlessness
  • Excessive thirst
  • Heavy panting
  • Lethargy
  • Lack of appetite
  • Darkened tongue
  • Rapid heartbeat
  • Fever
  • Drooling
  • Glassy eyes
  • Vomiting
  • 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: Josie

Josie is a small sized border collie. She is about 1 year old. She came from a home with another dog. Josie is housetrained, she knows sit and shake. The Border collie breed is a high energy, exceedingly intelligent dog. Josie will need constant stimulation and activity as her breed is very intelligent and notoriously full of energy. Josie wants nothing more than a family to call her own.

Other available dogs-

Blossom- Chihuahua Friendly Likes other dogs

Lolly- Chihuahua/dachshund Good girl, loves people and other dogs.

Harry- Chihuahua Friendly likes to cuddle. Good with other dogs

Manny- Chihuahua Loves people and other dogs

Princess- Pit bull terrier. Friendly, loves people and other dogs.



Featured Cat: Spirit

Spirit was found as a stray. Beautiful tabby gray/silver markings. She loves people, being brushed and petted. Spirit will come when called and follow you around. She is not fond of other cats so will need to be only cat in home. We know she had a home because she was spayed when she was found but no one came for her so she can now be your special kitty.

Other available cats-

Ivy- Tortoiseshell Wonderful girl. Never stops purring. Only cat in home please.

Vader-gray and white tabby. Friendly

5 kittens available for adoption and can go home on July 16th.

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.

Please also check our Facebook pages for lost and found animals along with pet information. and