In this heat, be mindful of your pets

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With a fur coat and all four paws on the searing hot pavement, this kind of weather can range from painful to fatal for dogs.

Despite all the well-publicized warnings, people continue to expose their pets to the deadly conditions.

In the Ohio Valley, there have been many calls to 9-1-1, reporting dogs left in cars.

Belmont County Dog Warden Lisa Williams literally went from one call to the next all day Tuesday.

“Do not take your dogs out to the mall,” she said. “Your dog will cook inside that car. It’s safer to leave them at home. If you love your pets, you will leave them home. We’ve had multiple calls about dogs in cars, multiple calls about dogs having no shade and no water. It’s hot. If you would sit out in the sun, you would realize how hot it really is.”

Williams says any outdoor animal–from dogs to livestock–will need their water replaced several times a day, and will need access to plenty of shade.

And if you see an animal left in a parked car, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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