PACC responds to dozens of dogs left outside in the heat - Tucson News Now

PACC responds to dozens of dogs left outside in the heat

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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

Workers at the Pima Animal Care Center are warning of a scary new trend that they are seeing too frequently.

This week, PACC’s enforcement officers have responded to nearly 30 calls of dogs being left out in the heat. The animals are often found tied up, without water and proper shelter.

With Southern Arizona’s recent record breaking heat, workers are fearful that a dog could die this week.

Adam Ricci, Animal Enforcement Officer, said, “It is incredibly important that pet owners provide the required aspects of pet care.  This includes access to water at all times and protection from temperature extremes both high and low. “

Pima County pet owners who are being irresponsible with their animals could face Cruelty and Neglect of Animals, a misdemeanor criminal charge.

The penalty is a fine between $100 and $2,500 and six months in jail.

Ricci said, “on Monday, our officers responded to an overheated distressed dog on a second floor balcony.  Using an infrared thermometer it was established that the ground surface the dog was on was 131 degrees.” Experts say anything above 120 degrees is enough to cause a second degree burn.

Animal care employees are asking locals to be on the lookout for neglectful owners this week who leave their pets outside during the day.

Ricci said, “our department is prepared to respond to these calls as quickly as possible.”

Call Pima Animal Care Center at 520-724-5900 ext. 4 for the dispatch hotline. If the pet is in immediate danger please contact 911 for your local law enforcement.

If a pet owner needs assistance to provide aspects of care for their pet they can contact the Pet Support Center at 520-724-7222. Ask about the Keeping Families Together program.

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