Jonesboro Animal Control says leave your animals at home

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - For the second day in a row, Region 8 was under an excessive heat warning.

As the heat index approaches 110 degrees, outdoor safety becomes an issue not only for yourself, but for your furry friends.

You may enjoy taking Fido for a summer afternoon car ride, but you could be causing more harm than good.

Canines only have the ability to sweat around their paws, so it's not enough to regulate body temperature.

This makes our pets more vulnerable to a familiar danger--heat stroke.

Officer Beth Grant and Jonesboro Animal Control are busy writing citations this summer.

According to one report, Officer Grant was called to the scene in response to a complaint that a dog was left in a vehicle.

Shortly after arrival, Grant noticed two bystanders behind the car, waiting for her to intervene.

They said the dog was left alone in the car for 3 hours.

"The dog was panting heavily. It was obvious that he was so hot, and I'm surprised that he survived."

After arriving on the scene, Grant issued a citation for "Cruelty to Animals" to the owner of the dog, even though the individual cracked her windows and checked on the dog every half-hour.

"That time that I was there on the scene, it was 100 degrees outside and the heat index was 108."

During the afternoon, the temperature inside the car can get even hotter, reaching a sweltering 150 degrees.

"This was the worst case so far this year."

She says to either keep your dog with you at all times or leave it at home.

"Give it time to cool off, let it get some air-conditioning or at least make sure it has shade and a dog house. Plenty of fresh clean water all the time."

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