IMPERIAL COUNTY - Humans aren't the only ones being affected by the heat wave in the desert southwest, our pets are just as exposed to the dangers as we are.
Like the rest of the desert southwest, Imperial Valley is under an excessive heat warning until Friday night. Chances are, the weekend will also be a bit warm.
Like us, our pets are just as vulnerable to dehydration or even heat stroke from the extreme temperatures.
More and more animals are showing up at the Imperial Valley Humane Society during these hot summer days. Mal-nurtured, dehydrated or simply abandoned, the animals face an uphill battle to full recovery.
Between the economy and the heat, the humane society has seen plenty of animals come in bad shape. With so many families going away for the summer, elsewhere, Imperial Valley pets are sometimes left without water, food or someone to watch them.
The humane society does what it can to help get the animals back on their feet, but according to IVHS Manager, Devon Apodoca, all this can be avoided if pet owners followed a couple of simple tips.
"The best thing to do during the summer is to keep animals indoors, but I know that that's not realistic for everybody", says Apodoca. "Always make sure you have fresh food, water and plenty of shade".
One of the biggest tips that Devon preached was not leaving pets in the car in the heat. The temperature rises in the car and could cause animals to quickly dehydrate or if left inside a long time, die.
Devon enjoys what he does. He says that he is gracious to be there when animals are in need, "It makes me feel really good to know that I can be the voice for those that don't have a voice."
Email Alert Sign Up
Sign up here to receive breaking news stories from KSWT.com and morning updates to your email inbox.
Thank you for signing up! You will receive a confirmation email shortly.
Yuma, AZ- "It's a lot of heart ache and a lot of grieving," said Joseph Montaldo. Joseph says the death of his younger brother angel has been very difficult for him and his family. "My brother wasMore >>
Yuma, AZ- "It's a lot of heart ache and a lot of grieving," said Joseph Montaldo.More >>
EL CENTRO, Calif. (13 On Your Side) – A U.S. Border Patrol agent from the El Centro sector died at a Hawaiian waterfall during a family vacation while trying to save a woman from drowning. Customs andMore >>
A Border Patrol agent from El Centro died while trying to save a woman from drowning while on a family vacation in Hawaii.More >>
An earthquake in far northeastern California was felt by thousands of people as far away as San Francisco and in two other states, but there have been no reports of injury or serious damage.More >>
Residents in rural northeastern California assessed damage to their homes and businesses Friday from a magnitude-5.7 earthquake, one of the strongest temblors to hit the densely forested region in decades.More >>
Yuma, AZ- "I don't think the punishment fits the crime," Said Yuma Mayor Al Krieger. He is outraged that a judge sentenced former city employee Hector Valenzuela to only 5 years of supervised probationMore >>
Yuma Mayor Al Krieger is outraged that a judge sentenced former city employee Hector Valenzuela to only 5 years of supervised probation and no jail time.More >>
SEBASTIAN, Fla. (CBS/AP) - Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18-year-old Florida high school student charged over a same-sex relationship with an underage classmate, refused to accept a plea deal Friday, CBS affiliateMore >>
Kaitlyn Hunt, an 18-year-old Florida high school student charged over a same-sex relationship with an underage classmate, refused to accept a plea deal Friday, CBS affiliate WPEC reports.More >>
(HUFFINGTON POST) - A Utah mother decided to use thrift store clothes to teach a lesson to her daughter, who had been relentlessly bullying another student because of how she dressed. Ally, whose lastMore >>
A Utah mother decided to use thrift store clothes to teach a lesson to her daughter, who had been relentlessly bullying another student because of how she dressed.More >>
PHOENIX (AP) - A Phoenix jury is on its second day of deliberations in the trial of Jodi Arias, who is accused of murdering her 1-time boyfriend in Arizona. Jurors took a lunch break at noon Monday afterMore >>
A Phoenix jury is on its second day of deliberations in the trial of Jodi Arias, who is accused of murdering her 1-time boyfriend in Arizona.More >>
EL CENTRO, CA (13 On Your Side) - Gold Cross paramedics in Imperial County will not go on strike tomorrow - as planned. The company finally agreed to meet with the union - avoiding dozens of paramedicsMore >>
Gold Cross paramedics in Imperial County will not go on strike tomorrow - as planned.More >>