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PETA offers tips to keep your pets safe this summer

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Ava Dolato, 13, plays with Bella at her home in Midvale home on Thursday, June 4, 2020. Dolato convinced her parents to get a puppy with an 18-page PowerPoint presentation.

Laura Seitz, Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — The organization People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals is warning pet owners in Salt Lake City about the dangers of leaving their animals unattended in the heat. 

PETA offers the following tips to keep pets safe during a summer when COVID-19 may lengthen shopping trips and outings:

  • Never leave an animal inside a hot vehicle — Opening windows does little to cool down the inside of a hot car, and animals can die from heatstroke in minutes. 
  • Keep animals indoors — Dogs don’t have the same body cooling mechanisms humans do and should be kept inside to avoid exposure to the sun.
  • Avoid hot pavement — Pavement can be significantly hotter than the outside air temperature, so PETA advises walking pets on grass and during cooler hours of the day.
  • Never run with dogs — Dogs may not exhibit signs of distress until it is too late to help them. 

People who leave animals in the heat may be subject to prosecution for animal cruelty, PETA noted.