Hot Weather Alert Issued For Animal Owners

By Maureen Mespell

June 27, 2012 Updated Jun 27, 2012 at 8:57 PM EDT

Fort Wayne, Ind. (Indiana's NewsCenter) -- The City of Fort Wayne Animal Care & Control has issued a hot weather alert for animal owners.

Due to the expected high temperatures and heat index, Animal Care & Control officials are reminding pet owners to take extra steps when temperatures soar. If possible bring pets into an air-conditioned area or use fans.

Animals that are outside must have shade and plenty of fresh water. It is a violation of city ordinance to leave any animal unattended in a vehicle.

Any animal that is found by the shelter to be left in conditions that pose an immediate health hazard to the animal will be taken directly to Animal Care & Control for its safety. A written notice will be provided for the owner to claim their pet from the shelter. Heavy panting, glazed eyes, rapid pulse, a staggering gait and vomiting are signs that your pet may be suffering from heat stress. Contact a veterinarian immediately.

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