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CMPD Responding to Numerous Heat-Related Pet Calls

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CMPD Animal Care and Control has been responding to numerous calls about pets left out in the heat.

Some calls have been pets left without food, water, or shade. The most common call are pets locked in cars.

CMPD has been issuing citations for animal cruelty around Charlotte.

"We're getting in multiple calls a day, not only for animals. left in cars, but also animals that are outside, particularly without shelter or able to reach water," said Melissa Knicely of CMPD Animal Care and Control.

Letters were left today at some homes in the Charlotte area.

"Tethering letter, animal cruelty letter, and if I get their information and they don't want to come and follow up if they don't fix anything, then I can give them a citation," said one officer patrolling the area.

Dogs do not sweat so it is important to keep them in the shade and hydrated.

'If it reaches into the 90s, you know the best thing is to bring them into the air conditioning, what we're comfortable for us is comfortable for the dog," said Knicely.

Do not leave pets in cars, especially unattended. 

"If it's 94 outside, think of that temperature raising at least 10,15, sometimes even 20 degrees, depending on where you are parked," said Knicely.

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