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
- Featured Dog: ChicaOther available dogsLes- Loves people and being with you. Secure yard onlyCloud is a beautiful silver tabby. He is very laid back, calm and quiet. He loves being petted and is learning to play with toys. Would do best as the only cat in your home. His goal is to be your friend and share a wonderful life with you. He is 1-2 years old. 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 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
- 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
- All animals will be spayed or neutered prior to leaving shelter and receive 1 year rabies vaccination and city license. Ages are approximate.
- Featured cat: Cloud
- Other available cats-
- Honey Bear Flame point Siamese. Only cat in home and special diet.
- Thai- Will grow to be very small dog. Shy but loves people and playing.
- Chia’s owner moved and could not take her with them. She is a tiny girl. She is used to other dogs. Chica is shy but likes people and being held and snuggled. She does well walking on a leash. She will need basic training. Chica would make a great companion and would not need lots of exercise.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.