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Animal Services offers tips to help animals ‘beat the heat’

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The City of San Marcos issued a press release Thursday afternoon offering tips for pet owners during the upcoming months of rising temperatures.

Summer in Texas means heat advisories for counties all over the state. A heat advisory is issued when temperatures reach the upper 90s with a heat index between 105 and 110 degrees. During a heat advisory not only do humans need to be protected but our animal companions do as well.

According to San Marcos City Code Section 6.010.:  A person having charge or custody of an animal shall not place or confine such animal or allow such animal to be placed or confined in a motor vehicle or trailer under such conditions or for such a period of time as may endanger the health of the animal due to heat, lack of food or water, or such other circumstances as may cause injury or death of the animal. Animal control officers, or any licensed peace officer, finding an animal being held in violation of this provision may cite the owner for violating this chapter, obtain a search warrant, pursuant to state or federal law, or use reasonable force to remove an animal from a vehicle whenever it appears the animal’s health or safety is, or soon will be, endangered and said neglected or endangered animal shall be impounded and held pending a hearing. It shall be the responsibility of the animal’s owner to repair any damage caused by the removal of the animal from the dangerous situation by a city animal control officer or peace officer.

To “beat the heat,” pet owners should:

  • Provide their animals with access to shade and water.
  • Bring their pets inside during the hottest parts of the day.
  • Never leave an animal in an unattended vehicle. The temperature inside the car can reach 120 degrees even when the outside temperature is only 72 degrees.
  • Keep dogs off hot pavement to protect their paws- press the back of your hand firmly against the pavement for seven seconds. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for them.

If you suspect an animal is being kept in unsafe or inhumane conditions, contact Animal Control at 512-895-2655.