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MCACC dealing with cooling issues at West animal shelter

Posted at 9:57 AM, Jul 30, 2019

PHOENIX — Maricopa County Animal Care and Control says they are dealing with extreme heat inside their shelter as they look for new cooling options.

ABC15 received a few messages from viewers showing heat measurements between 101 and 108 degrees in some kennels.

A spokesperson with MCACC said Tuesday that the West shelter stays cool through evaporative coolers, however, some are not able to get ahead of the high summer temperatures.

"The county is in the process of replacing those coolers but unfortunately with the way the system runs the replacement will not take place until September," MCACC says.

Staff has reportedly been using wet blankets and towels so dogs can lay on them and stay cool, offering fresh cold water, delivering ice and more.

They are hoping the public can offer portable coolers to help keep their animals comfortable and safe until they are able to replace their worn-down systems.