The La Crosse County Animal Control office has been busy so far this year with complaints that dogs are not being cared for.
Many of the calls relate to dogs left outside alone.
Just like leaving a dog alone in the winter, there are minimum requirements owners have to meet.
“Anytime the dog is left outside for more than a half hour, you must give the animal the option of shelter,” Animal Control supervisor Kathy Kasakaitis said. “Water is also a must.”
Temperatures are expected to climb into the 80s next week.
Changing the time of your dog’s walk might be necessary.
“If you can only hold your hand on the pavement for 5 seconds, it’s too hot for your dog’s feet,” Kasakatis said. “Those pads aren’t covered very much.”
Then there are the calls about a citizen concerned for a dog being left in a hot car while their owner does some shopping.
Research shows dogs can succumb to heat in as little as 30 minutes.
Kasakatis reminds people that, per law, there is no charge for breaking open a window by force if all other options have been exhausted, or the threat is imminent, as long as you have called the police first.