Summer isn't even officially on yet and it's already getting pretty hot so, watch out for your pets.

Temperatures in the El Paso area can, and very often do, top 100 degrees. It is not even officially Spring yet and we have already seen a few days tap the 90's. As uncomfortable as it is for us to be out in these high temps, it is even worse for animals and can kill them. We all know better than to leave pets locked up in hot cars ... we do know that, right???? ... but even just leaving them outside in the yard can have devastating consequences.

Here are a few simple tips from the Humane Society, you can read more here.

  • No leaving them in parked cars. Temps inside a vehicle on an 85 degree day, with the windows cracked, can reach 102 degrees within 10 minutes and 120 degrees within 30 minutes.
  • If you see a pet in a parked car, call the police immediately.
  • Be aware of humidity levels. High humidity affects their ability to cool themselves.
  • Make sure they have plenty of shade and water when outdoors.
  • Keep your pets inside where it's cool at all possible times.

Dogs can't eat human ice cream but you can cool them off with these ice cold doggy popsicles or, you can take 'em swimming.

Pet owners should also take note of the fact that, as of January, 2022, the state of Texas has enacted new laws regarding pet care. Among other things, the act bans the use  of heavy chains when tethering dogs

According to our news partners at KVIA,

Violations are considered a Class C misdemeanor which include a fine of up to $500. The second offence bumps it up to a Class B misdemeanor, "which is punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000"

If you see an animal improperly cared for or otherwise being endangered or threatened, you can report the owner anonymously by dialing 311.

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