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Latest C.O. heat wave raises concern for pets in cars or on hot pavement

BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) – Some Central Oregonians no doubt are enjoying the recent heat, but the record-breaking temperatures on the High Desert this week can be deadly for pets, especially if left in cars -- even if intended to be for a brief period.

On Tuesday alone, Bend police received two reports of dogs being left inside vehicles.

“Every year, when the temperatures rise we always remind people to keep their pets at home, where its safe from the dangerous extreme heat like we are experiencing right now,” said Lynne Ouchida, the outreach manager for the Humane Society of Central Oregon.

Ouchida said every year, the nonprofit receives numerous phone calls about dogs being left inside cars during hot weather.

She explained how to tell if a pet is in heat distress.

“In distress really typically means when they’re calm, they’re extreme panting, they're lethargic and they’re not moving -- that’s when they’re suffering from the exposure of heat,” Ouchida said.

The high heat can also impact the activities you can safely do with your dog.

“When you're outside and you want to exercise your dog, do it in the early hours or later evening, when the temperatures are cool and the pavement is cool.

Ouchida measured the heat Wednesday afternoon of the concrete outside the southeast Bend shelter.

“It’s over 150 degrees on the pavement here,” Ouchida said.

The Humane Society of Central Oregon she said dirt on hiking trails can retain heat and dogs in truck beds can suffer heat stroke.

Ouchida added that if you believe a pet is suffering from the heat, you should call animal control first for help.

Here are more hot-weather tips from HSCO:

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Leslie Cano

Leslie Cano is a multimedia journalist for NewsChannel 21. Learn more about Leslie here.



  1. It would be nice to have more walk-in river access points. Just a small path or slope down to the river where dogs and people can walk in and cool off on a hot day. I always dunk my pups in the river on the way out and on the way back from our walks downtown. It helps cool them off tremendously, but neither are water dogs so it’s a fight to get them in. They both prefer being able to just walk in up to their belly vs. swimming.

  2. never understood why some owners drag their pets out in a 100 degree day like today and then leave the window down just enough to get your nose in and then think dog will be totally ok. Heard of some good samaritans getting yelled at and almost get into a physical altercation when the owner is found inside the store and they come back out to roll window down more. If they carry on like its such a inconvenience for them to come out why bring your animal in the first place. Have heard of one instance where owner wanted to fight the good samaritan and was yelling :how dare you try and tell me how to run my life

    1. I still sadly see some dogs in hot cars, especially during the transition from cool to hot weather. However, owners who bring their pets inside stores is another problem. Their dogs slobber and drop dander in carts, leaving residue that is very dangerous for highly allergic individuals, even leading to anaphylaxis. And there are also people who are inexplicably fearful of dogs, something that doesn’t get nearly the respect from dog owners as it should. So be a responsible and respectful pet owner. Show your dog you care by leaving it at home on hot days. Remember that stores are for people, not animals. Whether you believe it or not, you are not privileged to do as you please at the expense of others.

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