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The Humane Society of Missouri Urges People to Take Care of Pets When It's Hot Outside

It's hot outside and the Humane Society of Missouri is calling for everyone to take action to protect pets from the heat. Ksmu's Jana Greer tells us what to do if you see an animal in distress from the heat.

Humans can often survive the heat with air conditioning and cool drinks, but it isn't always that easy if you are an animal. Pets left in the car or outside with out shade or water can quickly become ill and die. Dr. Melinda Fleming is the Assistant Director of Veterinary Services for the Humane Society of Missouri. She says you should never leave a pet in a parked car, not even for a few minutes.

The Humane Society is urging people to be aware of the safety of all pets, not just their own. Fleming says that if you see a pet in distress from the heat take action immediately.

Doing anything harmful to your pets like leaving them in the heat is illegal and is a misdemeanor. The Humane Society says to bring your pet inside if you can, but if your pet must stay outside make sure it has plenty of shade and lots of water. Use a plastic bowl instead of a metal one to keep the water from heating up. Experts also suggest digging a small whole to put the water dish into so that the animal won't be able to tip it over.