Mesa Animal Control Reminds Residents to Keep Pets Safe in the Heat

~ As temperatures in Arizona soar to triple digits, the City of Mesa and Mesa Animal Control are reminding residents to take extra precautions to protect their pets from the heat. Mayor John Giles said, "Dogs, cats and other pets are precious to our family and friends and this is the time of year we need to take the extra effort to make sure they stay safe while they are outdoors."

Mesa Animal Control Supervisor Shannon Gross added, "Mesa Animal Control helps people and animals in multiple ways including rescuing pets in distress during hot weather. We encourage residents to be responsible and keep their pets safe. If you see an animal is struggling in the heat don't hesitate to call us."

The City of Mesa has issued several safety tips for pet owners during hot weather:
  • Make sure animals have access to adequate shade throughout the day
  • Provide an adequate supply of water in a plastic bowl while you are away from home
  • Do not leave your animals in a car as temperatures can increase by 20 degrees in just 10 minutes
  • If it is too hot for you to walk without shoes on sidewalks or pavement, it is too hot for your pet
  • Make sure your pet knows how to swim if you have a pool and knows where the steps are
  • Do not take your pets with you when there will be fireworks
  • Leave your pets inside with the television or radio on and close the blinds so bright flashing lights do not alarm them
  • Make sure pets are wearing identification tags or have a microchip with current information so an owner can be contacted if they escape. This includes current licenses for dogs.

Leaving an animal in a vehicle intentionally, knowingly or recklessly is a class one misdemeanor in Arizona and punishable by up to six months in jail, three years of probation and a $2,500 fine. For more information about Mesa Animal Control please visit their website.

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With summer temperatures rising quickly, it is important for pet owners to take extra precautions when caring for their furry friends. The City of Mesa and Mesa Animal Control urge residents to follow these safety tips so that all animals can stay safe during these hot summer months.

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