Corpus Christi Animal Care Services sees increased numbers of animals left in hot vehicles

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Posted at 5:25 PM, Jul 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 18:36:03-04

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — Corpus Christi has caught a break from the sweltering summer heat thanks to a recent cool front, but those triple-digit temperatures will return soon; and that is a problem for Corpus Christi Animal Care Services.

In recent weeks the department has seen an increase in the number of calls pertaining to animals being left in vehicles by their owners. And with those South Texas temperatures set to rise again, this is extremely dangerous.

"Say it is 85 degrees outside, within ten minutes, that car is going to be 102," said Mike Gillis, director of Animal Care Services.

The heat wave is nothing new to South Texas, but some owners are still being irresponsible with their pets. Animal Care Services has taken action against these owners and in serious situations they've taken the animals.

Animal care services wants to let the public know that leaving an animal in the car is a violation of city ordinances and will result in a fine.

For anyone who sees an animal stuck in a vehicle they are advised to call the police. Do not take action of your own like trying to break the window and freeing the animal as that is against the law.

The heat is not only making the inside of cars dangerous for animals but it is important for owners to be aware of how long their pets have been outside.

"They need access to shade, they need access to fresh water," Gillis said. "I know this all makes sense, but they can go through water a lot quicker than you think."

For more information on Corpus Christi Animal Care Services you can visit their site here.