Hundreds Of Pets Neglected In Summer Heat

By: Stephanie Diffin Email
By: Stephanie Diffin Email

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August 9, 2010

This summer scorcher is taking its toll, not only on people but also on pets. The extreme heat can be deadly for animals, as hundreds are neglected each month. And animal control says neglect calls skyrocket in the summer.

Monday, the Kansas Humane Society teamed up with College Hill Pool to hold an event where dog owners could bring their pets to swim. It was an event to raise money for the humane society, but it also helped raise awareness about the dangers of animal neglect in the heat.

Jennifer Walker was one dog owner to participate. When she's not bringing her pets to the pool, she brings the pool to them.

"They spend many hours in the baby pool splashing, and we also have a sprinkler that they love to play in," said Walker.

But not all animals are so lucky, as hundreds of pets are neglected each summer.

"They're my children, so I take every precaution I can because it really makes me so sad to hear that people treat their animals like that," said Walker.

This year, Wichita Animal Control received 138 calls of neglect in May, 251 in June, 239 in July, and it's on track to receive 248 in August.

"A lot of times we get in our busy lives and we take off and we drive in our air conditioned cars and our air conditioned home, and we forget sometimes that the dog is back there and needs water and shade," said Dennis Graves, with Wichita Animal Control.

Animal experts say lack of shade and water can be deadly, especially in extreme, record high temperatures like we've seen this summer.

"It's really really difficult for us as people, but it's even worse for our pets because they have all the extra fur, things like that," said Jennifer Campbell, with the Kansas Humane Society.

So animal control is urging people to provide pets with shade and plenty of water to help them beat the heat.

"I know if I'm uncomfortable they're probably really uncomfortable. So I just want to make sure they stay healthy," said Walker.

All proceeds from Monday's event go to the Kansas Humane Society, and it takes place every year. To find out how you can donate to the organization, click on the link located in the "Related Links" section below.

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