This summer's sweltering heat and a tough economy has not only been hard on people, but also pets. There have been instances of pets suffering and even dying in our area from the heat, as well as neglect, starvation and sometimes abandonment from people unable to care for their animals.
Visitors traveling with pets can be extremely dangerous by leaving them in the car while in a restaurant or sightseeing attraction. When it is 85 degrees out, the temperature inside a car with the windows open slightly can soar to 102 degrees in 10 minutes and to deadly temperatures of 120 degrees within a half an hour.
The economy has also been hard on animals whose owners can no longer afford to feed and care for them because they are barely able to care for themselves.
That's why we encourage you to speak for those who can't and report pets in distress from the heat or neglect by calling the police in your area or the Tri-Lake's Humane Society at 891-0017.
While on the subject of pets, don't forget to attend Tupper Lake's Lions Carnival Pet Show at noon on Saturday at the Tupper Lake Municipal Park on Demars Boulevard.
Also, don't miss the Pet Fair to Educate Kids to be held 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7 at Marcy Field in Keene, co-sponsored by the North Country SPCA and the Tri-Lakes Humane Society.
This event is to broaden awareness and knowledge of pet care for kids to help families making a decision about adopting a pet a rewarding experience.