Horry County Animal Care Center reminds pet owners to care for animals during extreme heat

HORRY COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Horry County Animal Care Center is warning people to take care of their animals as extremely high temperatures hit our area this week.

Under the Horry County Government’s Care and Treatment Ordinance, an animal cannot be “restrained outside in extreme weather, including but not limited to temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit”.

According to our First Alert Weather team, an Excessive Heat Watch is in effect for Tuesday which will make some areas feel hotter than 110 degrees.

FIRST ALERT | EXCESSIVE HEAT WATCH in effect for tomorrow

During extreme temperatures, pet owners should take appropriate measures to protect their pets, such as bringing them inside the home or providing other suitable shelter. And if a person uses a dog house outside, this shelter should not be made of a heat-conducting material, such as metal. The animal should also have one or more separate areas of shad large enough to accommodate its entire body.

“Here’s a good rule of thumb: if it’s hot for you, it’s hot for them. Be kind and use common sense,” the Horry County Animal Care Center posted on its Facebook page.

The penalty for exposing an animal to extreme temperatures can be up to 30 days in jail or a $500 fine.

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Benjamin M. Yerger