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Animal care officers on lookout for pets endangered by hot, unsafe conditions

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WPTA21) – Fort Wayne Animal Care and Control officers were making the rounds on Thursday, checking on pets that may be in unsafe conditions during the hottest days of the year.

At several locations, they found just that.

Officers are particularly concerned about animals left in confined places, like vehicles, but they also responded to instances in which dogs were tied up and left outside in the heat.

“If an animal is left outdoors without proper accommodations during this time of the year, we do have the right to remove an animal for its safety,” Ofc. Jodi Baird said.

She urged neighbors to help one another if they know of a family in need.

“Anytime right now — whether it be human or animal during these weather stretches where we’ve got weather warnings — reach out to your neighbors, reach out,” Baird said.  “Say ‘how are you doing, do you need a place to stay? Please, come along and bring your pet.'”

While temperatures reached well into the 90s on Thursday, Friday is expected to be even hotter across the ABC21 viewing area.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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