UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:54am
WACO -- As the summer heats up, so do your dogs.
Chris Boen, employee at Fuzzy Friends Animal Shelter, said to always keep your animals cool in the summer.
"That's the most important thing is to keep 'em cool. if they're not cool, they are gonna die.if they're in the heat they're gonna die," said Boen.
Boen says a sure sign of an overheated dog is foaming at the mouth, and if a dog gets to that point, it's only a matter of time before they die.
"Once a dog is foaming at the mouth, it's a mater of time, yes. They have about an hour, hour and a half to get to where they need to be or cooled down," said Boen.
Boen said a dogs body temperature averages about 102 degrees, and at 106degrees they can have brain damage. So there isn't much room for error.
It's important to keep a good water source like this outside for your animals. but remember to keep it in the shade because just like anything else in the sun, it'll get hot too, animal shelters said.
Gail Forest, a volunteer at Fuzzy Friends Animal Shelter, said she's seen dogs left in cars while their owners were in a movie theater, which is illegal in the city of Waco.
"It was about fifteen minutes after that movie was over, so those dogs were in that car about two and a half hours," said Forest.
As an animal lover, Forest said that doesn't sit well with her.
"It infuriated me," said Forest. "You know, it'd be the same thing as a baby being left in the car. Yet there's, there really was really nothing that they could do. They just had to wait for the people to come back."
Boen wants people to remember that dogs aren't just animals, they're family and they should be treated like it, too.
"A dog is not just a dog. To me, my pets are family. I treat 'em like family. A dog is like your family. A dog could save your life. A dog could save somebody else's life. They're just like us."