Letters to the Editor

Summer pet care

Hot weather is here, and with the rise in temperatures comes much suffering for animals.

Dogs need shade. A dog house sitting in the sun does not provide shade, but quickly becomes an oven. Deprived of shade a dog can die a slow and painful death from heat stroke. Dog houses need to be placed under a large tree or in another well-shaded area.

Dogs also need plenty of fresh, clean water every day. Water will stay cooler and cleaner if it is in a bucket, rather than a shallow bowl. It is also essential that cats have fresh water available at all times.

Many supposedly loving pet owners make the grave error of leaving their pets in the car while they run errands during the warm months. Animals and babies are found dead every year locked in cars with the windows cracked. Even temperatures as low as 65 degrees outside can quickly soar to 120 degrees inside a car, resulting in agony and death.

Please leave your animals at home and save the car rides for the cooler months.

Lucia Beeler