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ST. LOUIS (KPLR) – The Animal Cruelty Task Force along with the St. Louis police Tuesday, rescue a dog from a car parked near the zoo. The decision to rescue the dog came after official noted the temperature in the vehicle had soared to 104 degrees.

Owners of the vehicle had left some of the window cracked a few inches, but even though the outside temperature was in the mid-60’s, temperatures in the car had become too dangerous for the dog.

The dog was taken to the Humane Society facility on Macklind Avenue for treatment of dehydration and overheating.

The Humane Society of Missouri offers the following tips to help keep your pets safe and cool:

  • Never leave your pet unattended in a parked car. The temperature in your car can exceed 100 degrees in minutes. It is inhumane, illegal and can cause severe injury or even death within minutes.
  • Be certain outdoor pets have access to fresh, clean water at all times.
  • Ensure that your pet has access to shade at all times of the day. Your dog might be in the shade when you leave for work, but the sun moves in the late afternoon. Don’t allow your pet to be stranded in the scorching sun.
  • Secure plastic water bowls, never metal, to the ground so your pet can’t accidentally tip them over. You can dig a small round hole and place the water bowls inside.
  • If your pet is showing signs of heat exhaustion (excessive panting, lethargic behavior), right away begin treatment by applying cold water to your pet’s extremities. See your veterinarian immediately!
  • If you run or jog with your dog, take frequent water breaks for yourself and your dog. Remember that asphalt and concrete get hot quickly. You have rubber soles on your feet–your dog does not. On hot days, leave your dog at home.
  • During the summer, mosquitoes are prevalent. Make sure your pet is tested by a veterinarian for Heartworm Disease (a mosquito-transmitted, often fatal disease) and begin Heartworm prevention medication.
  • When the weather is dangerously hot, bring your pets inside.
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