Summer heat wave means busy days for Arizona Humane Society emergency pet medics

Posted at 9:39 PM, Jun 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-21 00:39:27-04

The Valley sweltered into another record day hitting 116 degrees in Phoenix.

The Arizona Humane Society is on pet patrol, saving the lives of animals who can’t handle the heat.

The AHS animal ambulance is on high alert right now - with crews responding to as many as 60 calls per day around the Valley.  In some cases they simply give dogs some water or shelter.  But if the dog is clearly neglected or near death the Emergency Animal Medical Technicians can call the police and seize the dog.

Pet rescuer Lori Cooper said people legally have to make sure any animal left outside has plenty of shade and water.  But beware even well meaning pet owners can mess up when it’s this hot.

“Ones that are tied up, they get entangled [in their tether leash] and they can't reach the water or shelter.  I have seen many dead animals that were tethered out and once they get entangled they can't reach anything.  It doesn’t take very long,” said Cooper.

She also said that sometimes dogs like to knock water bowls over to roll in the cool water leaving them without anything to drink.