Animal control sees increased calls during periods of extreme heat
Action New rode along with an animal control officer to find out how they are protecting Valley pets from the excessive heat.Photo: Video by ktnv.com
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- No one knows the negative effects of heat on pets better than animal control officer Darrell Hampton. He said, "Safety is always a concern and hopefully the owner is home. That's always my wish that way we can make contact."
Hampton will make over a dozen stops in one day, responding to an influx of calls from concerned residents about pets left outside, with little or no water, and no shelter.
During a ride along with animal control, a call came into dispatch about one dog who looked like he was struggling for shade in his backyard. His owner was a repeat offender. But after an inspection, she was not cited. Hampton says there was plenty of water and a swimming pool.
With an excessive heat warning now in effect, the law states that pet owners are compliant if they provide water, shelter and at least one other cooling device, such as a running hose, misters or a pool. Hampton says the best thing pet owners could do is to have a doggie door.
While many people prefer to keep their dogs inside, some pet owners are ok because they provide several cooling devices for their pet. But, other situations remain uncertain.
At one home, the dogs had dirty water and some shade but the owners weren't home. So Hampton post a notice asking the owners to call. Fortunately for this officer, no animals needed to be rescued today.
Animal Control does follow up immediately whenever an owner isn't home and hasn't responded to the notice.