RADFORD – The Radford Animal Shelter is cautioning pet owners about pet safety in hot weather and is reminding them of laws that pertain to pet treatment during times of high temperatures.
“The weather this week is going to be very hot,” the shelter announced. “As a general reminder you cannot keep animals chained outside if it is over 84 degrees, and they must have access to water and shelter.”
Temperatures are expected to continue to approach or surpass previous records in the coming days. According to The Weather Channel, the predicted high temperature today, June 15, is 94 degrees, followed by 90 degrees on Thursday, and 87 degrees on Friday.
“With it being hot, please remember to allow access to plenty of water and shade to all animals,” the shelter’s statement continues. “If you are going to be out on a hike, a walk, at the dog park, be mindful of your dog not overheating. It is very easy for dogs to have a heat stroke in this hot weather, especially if they have longer coats. It is best to go for walks or exercise early in the morning or late in the evening when it is cooler and the sun isn’t fully out.”
The Radford Animal Shelter is asking people who have any questions or concerns about a dog out on a chain in the heat to please message the Shelter on Facebook or call the non-emergency police line (540) 731-3624.