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Animal cruelty calls jump by 20 percent in 90 degree temps

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TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The Toledo Area Humane Society officers say the most dangerous call they receive is animals in a hot car.

A thermometer left in a car on a hot day for ten minutes shows the temperature reaches 120 degrees.

Officer Nancy Shelb says heat abuse and neglect cases jump by 20 percent when temperatures jump to 90 or 100 degrees. In those conditions, the state requires owners to provide shelter for their outside pets and water every two hours. She explains if anything happens to an animal left out in the heat, the owner will be charged with animal cruelty.

Shelb brings an air-conditioned truck, water and ice packs on every call.

At the first stop, dishes were found outside but no dog. "They may have brought the dog in, knowing that we were here," she said.

The dogs at the next stop were outside with nothing to drink. The 85-year-old caretaker said he hates pets and that he's caring for them for his daughter-in-law. The caretaker said he does let them in at night. Shelb tells him to provide water in a bigger container. She recommends livestock buckets, baby pools and low-rise water troughs for water to last all day.

This caretaker heeds the warning, but Shelb says she'll follow up in the next day or two.

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