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Keeping pets safe in the heat: animals overcome by triple digit temps

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PHOENIX (KSAZ) - Emergency animal technician's with the Arizona Humane Society are kept busy this time of year.

With temperatures soaring they respond to calls all over the valley of animals in distress.

"We are headed to South Phoenix for a call that came in through Phoenix Police regarding a dog in the front yard with no water and no shelter," said Cynthia McGuire.

The dog named Josephine was found outside in the blistering heat.

"Josephine is one of hundreds that get rescued this time of year, she was suffering from burns on the bottom of her paws, and that is something we see all too often," said Bretta Nelson.

The Humane Society's EAMT's are actually able to treat some of the animals in the field, like an ambulance, giving them fluids, trying to cool them down before they can get them back to the hospital.

"Oh honey, you're hot, she's very hot," said McGuire.

The next call we found a cat who was injured, hiding under a car, in pretty bad shape.

"Her temperature is very high, it's 108.2, that's not good," she said.

Technician Cynthia McGuire gave the cat an IV drip, hoping to bring the cat's temperature down before heading to doctors at the Humane Society.

"This time of year, err on the side of caution. Even if you have a pet that you tend to keep in the backyard, you need to make sure they have the appropriate shelter," said Nelson.
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