Protecting Pets From Heat Exhaustion

By WEEK Reporter

June 7, 2011 Updated Jun 7, 2011 at 9:31 PM CDT

Animals can very easily suffer from heat exhaustion in high temperatures. On Monday, two area dogs died from heat exhaustion after spending extended periods in the sun.

Director of the Peoria County Animal Protection Service, Lauren Malmberg says it's extremely important to make sure your dog has access to a shady area and water when leased outside. She also urges everyone to take action when they witness animal neglect.

"A concerned citizen can make a huge difference. If they see an animal outside that doesn't receive the right kind of care or looks like it's in distress, please call us and we'll get someone out there immediately. A few minutes can make a huge difference, particularly with heat exhaustion," Malmberg.

To report signs of animal neglect, call the shelter directly at 672-2440. If it's after the shelter's hours, call the Emergency Communications Center or the local police.