POSTED: Wednesday, June 6, 2012 - 1:59pm
UPDATED: Thursday, June 7, 2012 - 7:19am
BROWNSVILLE — It's hot out there. While we can come in to cool off and grab a cold drink of water, in some cases, our four legged friends don't have that luxury; some are stuck outside in the heat.
"Heat stroke is very serious, needs to be addressed on an emergency basis, starts with heavy panting, breathing and worsens from there, often vomiting," says Arlene Campos-Smith, Business Manager, Brownsville Spay and Neuter Clinic.
Officials say while cats can succumb to heat related illnesses it's usually dogs that suffer the most.
"Animals that have a history of heart or lung conditions, any animal, any dog, with a short snout such as a Pug, Pekingese, English bulldog, they're a lot more susceptible to this kind of ailment,” says Campos-Smith.
The basics, like proving a dog house and fresh food and water are required by law.
"Especially in the heat it is best that you check the animal’s water at least twice a day," says Robert Dippong, Brownsville Animal Control Supervisor.
And in the extreme heat, a little more is required from pet owners.
"The state law requires that when there's a heat advisory that the animal should be moved to an area where there's shade, either inside a house or a garage or a shed, somewhere where there's air flow and they can get away from the sun," says Dippong.
Now if an animal control officer finds a dog in poor conditions, they do have the right to confiscate the animal. Fines for a pet owner could range from one dollar to five-thousand dollars per violation.