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The Humane Rescue Alliance Humane Law Enforcement and Animal Control division has issued the following Extreme Weather Pet Advisory:
The Washington, DC region is expected to experience extreme heat this week, with temperatures above 90 degrees. It is imperative that all pet owners provide proper care for pets, as outdoor conditions are not appropriate for companion animals.
Residents are advised to bring their pets indoors and to limit outdoor time. District of Columbia law states that an animal cannot be outdoors for more than 15 minutes during periods of extreme weather without human accompaniment or adequate shelter. Extreme weather means temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit.
When the temperature is above 80 degrees, a dog kept outside must have access to adequate shelter. This means a dog must have access to a shelter shaded by trees, a roof, a tarp, or a tarp-like device.
DC law also states that animals shall not be left alone in a vehicle in such a way that endangers the animal’s health or safety.
If residents witness an animal emergency, including animals left outside in extreme temperatures, please call 202-576-6664.
HRA advises pet owners to be aware of the following 10 important tips in dealing with extreme heat:
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