People can drink water and stay inside to protect themselves from the killer heat. But household pets are at the mercy of their owners.
The Arizona Humane Society is reminding pet owners to keep their dogs and cats safe this summer by providing access to shade and water if the animals must stay outside, and not leave them in hot cars.
Failure to provide shelter and water could lead to animal cruelty charges, and Maricopa County Attorney Andrew Thomas is vowing to prosecute such offenders.
If cruel neglect results in the death of an animal, the outcome may be a felony conviction punishable by two years in prison and a fine of $150,000.
“If you have a pet, you’ve got to take precautions,” Thomas said. “They are as subject to exposure and possible dehydration as we are.”
For more information, visit the Law Enforcement for Animal Protection Web site at protectazanimals.com.