Hot pets can lead to hefty fines

A new Illinois tethering law requires better treatment of animals. If you're caught breaking it you could face jail time.

The hot summer weather can leave your body drained and dehydrated especially if you're outside.

The Quincy Humane Society wants to remind you, your pet's body works the same way.

"A lot of people realize that deaths of children have been caused by heat, well deaths of animals are also caused by that because their internal temperature rises so much faster than children because of all that hair they have on their body," Quincy Humane Society Adoption Counselor Amy Kientzle said.

The Humane Society is urging you to follow simple steps to ensure your pet's safety. (If you're looking to adopt a pet click here and see our pets of the month.)

"The first and most important thing is to make sure they have plenty of fresh water," she said. "You want to walk in the morning and late evening when the temperature is a lot cooler. Another good idea is to let them lay in the shade or even on dirt because that keeps them cool."

When you take a dip in the pool, so can your pet.

"Maybe get a little kiddie pool and let them lay in it because a dog actually cools from the underside up," Kientzle said.

One place your pet won't cool off, is the car.

"Once it hits 70 and that sun is out it's usually 35 degrees hotter inside the car even if you cracked a window," she said. "If your truly loves them, leave them at home."

Keeping your pets safe and healthy in the heat go hand-in-hand with a new tethering bill that the Quincy Humane Society lobbied to pass.

"If they do not keep their pets tethered on a 10 foot tether at least and make sure that they get their pets vaccinated each year and get them fresh water and shade they can face up to six months in jail," Kientzle said.

The Humane Society wanted the new law to also require owners to give their pets a break from the weather by bringing them inside for 6 to 8 hours. Still, they say it's a victory.

"I really believe we have a chance to make a big change," she said.

But first you can make a small change with your animals, and help them beat the heat.

"They're not just pets, they're another extension of your family."

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