Dog owners urged to take care in heatwave

July 9, 2012 by  

With temperatures across Roswell continuing to hit highs, dog owners here are being urged to not leave their pets in cars.

Poster printing is likely to take place to warn the dangers of leaving dogs in cars, with many incidents reported over the last few days.

Awareness of the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars still appears to be lacking and police are writing up tickets all over Roswell. In the past week, several dog owners have been cited for animal cruelty. In one case, a woman was ticketed for leaving her dog in the car at a gas station, as the temperature topped 106 degrees.

Announcing the dangers, local veterinarian Andy Morton said:

“It doesn’t take any time at all, 30 seconds for them to overheat in a car.”

The cost of the ticket could certainly have an effect, with amounts able to be as high as $1,000. In some circumstances, a term in jail for animal cruelty could also follow.

As well as urging owners to be aware through poster printing and flyer printing, people that see dogs left in a car are also being urged to call the police.

With the police able to respond quicker than animal control officers, and with the jurisdiction to enter the car, calling the local force could save the life of the hot pet.

Owners worried about what to do are advised that the best course of action is to leave their pet at home, in an air-conditioned room and with easy access to plenty of drinking water.