Seattle Animal Shelter offers tips to keep pets safe during warm weather
With the weather expecting to hit 80 degrees during the annual Hempfest celebration this weekend, the Seattle Animal Shelter reminds pet owners to exercise good judgment when it comes to protecting their pets from the summer heat. Most likely the best option is to leave your pets at home.
“Each year during Hempfest, the Animal Shelter is inundated with calls about pets locked in cars on hot summer days,” says Seattle Animal Shelter Director Don Jordan. “Many pet owners are unaware that cars left in direct sunlight turn into lethal ovens, reaching fatal temperatures of 130 degrees or more within just a few minutes. Even dogs left locked in cars in the shade with the windows cracked on hot days are at risk of brain damage or death. Dogs must cool themselves through panting and their systems can’t handle high temperatures.”
Jordan pleads with pet owners to leave their animals home while attending Hempfest this coming weekend. “It’s not worth the risk,” he says. “If humane law enforcement officers respond to a call about an animal in distress due to heat stress, the officer will utilize all means necessary to access the vehicle and remove the animal,” Jordan says.
If you must bring your dog to Hempfest, don’t leave it in the car, be sure that it isn’t exposed to toxic substances, and be sure that it drinks plenty of water during the festival.
Jordan offers the following tips for protecting pets during hot weather:
Pet owners can be held criminally liable for committing cruelty to animals if a pet dies, or is found suffering from heat prostration. If you see an animal that may be in need of assistance, or if you have questions, contact the Seattle Animal Shelter at (206) 386-7387 (PETS).