Animal services remind pet owners about hot car dangers

Photo courtesy of Orange County Animal Shelter.


Compiled by Michelle Cassell
Managing Editor 

ORANGE COUNTY, NC—Orange County Animal Services (OCAS) asks residents to be mindful of pets during hot temperatures. Our area often reaches ninety (90) degrees Fahrenheit during this time of year. Knowing the dangers for pets is a critical part of responsible pet ownership.

 One of the biggest concerns is people leaving pets inside cars during the summer months. Temperatures inside parked vehicles can reach deadly levels in only minutes, even if parked in the shade and with all the windows cracked. In Orange County, it is against the law to leave animals inside a parked car if the outside temperature exceeds seventy (70) degrees Fahrenheit. Because pets cannot sweat to regulate temperature like humans, they can go into irreversible organ failure that is often fatal in only a matter of minutes inside a car or other overly heated environment.

 It is also crucial that pets have access to fresh water and shade when they are spending time outdoors. Pets may become dehydrated quickly, and it is critical that they have shade to protect them from the sun. Walking pets in extreme temperatures is not advised, as the heat can cause heatstroke, and the pavement can quickly damage the feet of walked pets. Extreme temperatures are even harder on senior pets and pets with medical conditions.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) also offers more information about hot weather dangers for pets at For more information about OCAS, visit or call (919) 942-7387.

Michelle Cassell is a seasoned reporter who has covered everything from crime to hurricanes and local politics to human interest over the course of 35 years. As managing editor, she hopes to encourage writers of a wide range of backgrounds and interests in TLR’s coverage of Southern Orange County news. 
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