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Don’t forget your pets

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The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS), the nation's largest animal protection organization, would like to remind readers that the lazy days of summer can be dangerous for pets.

One hazard is leaving pets unattended in a parked car with temperatures rising so quickly that even healthy animals can't adjust. Heat stress, brain damage and even death can result. Most pet owners probably believe they are taking the necessary precautions, such as parking in a shady area and cracking the window. These actions might delay, but won't prevent, serious injury or death. It's best to leave pets at home where they are comfortable and safe.

If you see a distressed pet in a parked car, notify the closest business establishment and ask them to make an announcement. If necessary, contact your local animal control officer or police officer. You can also distribute HSUS fliers. To obtain a dozen free fliers, mail a business-size stamped self-addressed envelope to The HSUS, 2100 L St., NW, Washington, DC 20037.

Melissa DeLoach

program coordinator

The Humane Society of the United States, Southwest Regional Office