DETROIT (WWJ) – As temperatures soar into the mid-90s, it’s a busy time for the Michigan Humane Society in Detroit.

Cruelty investigator Deborah MacDonald said their teams have been running from call to call Tuesday afternoon, looking into reported cruelty cases.

“We’re handling the city of Detroit, Highland Park and Hamtramck through this office … They’re out there and they are running right now,” said MacDonald. “By the end of the day, we will probably have taken anywhere between 20 to 40 addresses between our two departments.”

MacDonald told WWJ Newsradio 950 that dogs are very susceptible to heat stroke — especially certain breeds.

“Dogs cannot sweat, they can just pant. And your dogs with dark coats get hot much quicker, your dogs with heavy coats get hot much quicker, and your dogs with short muzzles get hot much quicker,” she said.

Heat stroke can cause brain damage. It can also be fatal.

If you can’t bring your pet into the house, MacDonald suggest making sure they have plenty of cold water and shade.  Never leave your pet in a parked car.

Excessive panting is a sign they may be in trouble.

To report a case of cruelty or neglect, call your local police or animal control. In the cities of Detroit, Hamtramck or Highland Park, call the Michigan Humane Society Cruelty Investigation Hotline at (313) 872-3401.

Get more hot weather safety tips for your pet at this link.


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