HOUSTON (May 27, 2021) – Late yesterday afternoon a dog was found abandoned and tied to a box that was filled with her 11 puppies outside in the heat and humidity. According to Houston SPCA veterinary staff, the canines’ temperatures were registered at 104 degrees. They are all now safely in the care of the Houston SPCA, but there could have been a very tragic ending if they were not seen or managed to wander into nearby traffic.
As we head into the unofficial start of summer, the Houston SPCA wants to share some pet safety tips that can potentially save lives as the temperatures start to rise, including:
- NEVER leave pets in a car, even for a short amount of time. The car can serve as an oven and temperatures can soar very quickly. This can potentially cause brain damage or even death.
- Both dogs and cats should be on heartworm preventative year-round, but it is especially important in the summer months due to the increased mosquito population. Heartworms are dangerous parasites that spread through the bite of just one infected mosquito.
- Bring your pet inside your air-conditioned home. If your pet must stay outside, make sure they have adequate shelter with access to plenty of cool, fresh water, and shade. Failure to do that is animal cruelty and is against state law. Report animal cruelty here
- On very hot days, limit a pet’s jog or walk to the early morning or late evening hours. Keep in mind that asphalt and concrete get very hot and can burn your pet’s paws.
A full list of pet safety tips can be found here Pet Heat Safety Tips. The media is welcome to post on their social or website.
To report animal cruelty or an animal in distress, please call 713-869-SPCA or file a report at HoustonSPCA.org.