The record-setting temperatures of 105 to 109 degrees predicted for this weekend have animal shelter personnel concerned and anticipating many heat-related incidents with domestic pets.
Kirsten Gross, Madera County Animal Services director, said the intense heat would cause many pets stuck outside to suffer, with some becoming ill or even dying.
“Any temperatures over 102 degrees can cause a heat emergency with animals. The temperatures predicted this weekend certainly qualify. Every year during a heat wave we see dogs deceased from the heat. At least some of those could have been prevented. It’s considered animal neglect, for sure,” Gross said.
Like humans, all domestic pets and even farm animals feel the effects of the heat, with the young and the aged animals having the most problems with heat exposure...