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SPCA warning pet owners about hot weather

Published On: May 13 2014 03:52:32 PM CDT
Updated On: May 14 2014 02:00:00 AM CDT
SALINAS, Calif. -

The SPCA for Monterey County is reminding residents that high temperatures can be very dangerous for pets.

Pets should be kept indoors or be provided with ample shaded areas. Fresh water must be available at all times.

Prolonged exposure to extreme heat can lead to heat exhaustion or even heat stroke. Pets -- and children -- shouldn't be left unattended in enclosed vehicles. In fact, doing so under "circumstances that could reasonably be expected to cause suffering, disability, or death to the animal" is against state law.

On a warm day, the interior of a parked car can reach more than 120 degrees in fewer than five minutes - even with the windows partially open -- causing serious health problems and even brain damage or death.

If you see a pet in distress, call the SPCA at 373-2631 or 422-4712 or call 911. For tips on keeping your pet safe during hot weather, visit the SPCA's website.