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3 January 2013

With scorching temperatures forecast the RSPCA is reminding South Australians that animals

can die from heat stress.

RSPCA (SA) Chief Inspector Simon Richards said people need to take extra care of their pets in

coming days.

“We need people to exercise common sense and to be aware of the dangers,” he said.

“Every summer we receive dozens of calls about dogs left in hot cars. This is extremely

dangerous for the animals involved.

“The temperature inside a car can rise rapidly, even if the windows are down, and dogs can

perish in a matter of minutes. So please, leave your animal at home.

“People who allow their pets to suffer can be charged under the Animal Welfare Act and face up

to two years behind bars or a maximum $20,000 fine.

The RSPCA recommends the following to keep your pet cool and comfortable.

If possible, leave your pet inside during the day. If you’re uncomfortable in the heat,

chances are they are too.

If they have to remain outside, ensure they have access to plenty of shade and water.

Help dogs and pocket pets to stay cool for longer by leaving blocks of ice outside, in

addition to their water bowls.

Don’t exercise your pet in the middle of the day. They can overheat very quickly and

burn their paws on the hot pavement.

Keep a closer eye on livestock. They find it more difficult to escape the heat, so require

lots of water and shade.

If you suspect your animal is suffering from heat stress please find some means to cool it down,

provide fresh clean water and seek veterinary help ASAP.

If you are aware of an animal in distress call the RSPCA 24 hour hotline on 1300 4777 22.

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