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Humane Society warns against leaving your pets outside

Posted at 6:04 AM, Jul 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-18 12:20:58-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — With the extreme heat the next few days, the Nebraska Humane Society wants to remind you that it is very dangerous to leave your pets outside for long stretches of time.

Already this season, the Humane Society has dealt with four dog deaths due to heat conditions. All four cases involved the dogs being left outside with no access to shade, shelter, or water.

Criminal citations were issued to all four dog owners. An Omaha city ordinance states that it is unlawful for any person with an animal to fail, refuse, or neglect to provide proper food, drink, shade, shelter, and veterinary care.

Each year the Nebraska Humane Society receives hundreds of calls about dogs left outside in the heat. Unreasonably hot temperatures raise the possibility of heat stroke, organ failure, and even death for animals left unattended.

The Humane Society urges you to bring your dogs inside during hot weather.

If you see an animal left outside unattended, you can call the Nebraska Humane Society at 402-444-7800, x1. Animal Control Officers will respond quickly and may potentially confiscate the animal and issue a citation to the animal owner.

Tonight on 3 News Now Live at 6, Weekend Anchor John Madden will have more on this story and what the Nebraska Humane Society had to say about it.

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