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Pets and the heat, valley organizations warn of the danger

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Maricopa County Animal Care and Control says in this heat it can only take a few minutes for pets to overheat.

They say this should be common sense to pet owners but unfortunately they're having to remind folks all the time of the dangers of pets and heat.

"If it's too hot for you, then it's too hot for your pet," said Melissa Gable.

With the temps continuing to soar Maricopa County Animal Care and Control is urging pet owners to be extra vigilant.

"A lot of it is common sense, but we need to remind pet owners take care of your pets and be responsible in this extreme heat," said Gable.

Unfortunately not all pet owners get it. Yesterday Phoenix Police responded to the Christown-Spectrum Mall after mall security spotted a 1-year-old pit-bull mix dog locked in a hot car in the heat of the day.

The dog was left in a hot car for about and hour. Police and security tried to revive the dog, but it was too late, and it died.

Police are now working on possible animal cruelty charges although no one has been arrested.

"Unfortunately it's not uncommon for us to see cases like that," she said.

Animal Control says in this heat it's best to keep your pet at home where they have proper shade and plenty of water.

"Make sure your dog has shade at all times throughout the day, and realize that a dog house my provide shade but there is no recirculation what so ever, so it's really not helping your dog. You need a tree or a tarp something that's gong to stay shaded," said Gable.

Another tip if you see a pet locked in a car or in the backyard without proper water or shelter to call authorities.
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