In Hot Weather, Remember - Don't Leave Pets in Cars

In light of the area's recent heat wave, the SPCA reminds citizens not to leave pets in hot cars, and to report it if you see someone else doing it.

As seasonal temperatures rise around the Bay Area, the SPCA and animal care activists are advising pet owners to be extra careful when leaving dogs or other pets locked inside vehicles.

Animals exposed to high temperatures can quickly suffer brain damage or death from heatstroke when left in a vehicle on a day when temperatures outside reach only mild levels, according to the SPCA.

Leaving windows open or parking in the shade will not prevent your pet from getting overheated, officials said.

If a pet becomes overheated, the SPCA recommends taking the animal to a cool area and applying cold water or ice packs to the animal's head and body.

Anyone who spots an animal locked inside a vehicle that could lead to overheating should call a local animal shelter or 9-1-1.

One of the closest animal shelters to South San Francisco is the Tom and Annette Lantos Center for Compassion, a division of the Peninsula Humane Society and SPCA center, at 1450 Rollins Road in Burlingame. Visit their website or call the center at 650-340-7022.


- Bay City News Service


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