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Calls about hot dogs, cats spike as city backlog grows to more than 800

Heat prompts more care and treatment calls
Posted: 3:39 PM, Sep 06, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-06 19:39:21Z

INDIANAPOLIS – The hot weather is prompting more citizens to call the city about animals left in the heat.

From August 24 through August 27, Indianapolis Animal Care Services had 35 runs for “care and treatment,” which includes calls for animals left in the heat.

From August 31 to September 3, IACS had 28 runs for care and treatment.

Temperatures reached into the 90’s over Labor Day weekend, making it difficult on any animal left in the heat especially without shade or water.

“Typically any time the heat spikes we will receive an influx in calls,” said Kristen Lee, IACS spokeswoman. “Same with when the temps drop in the winter. So those numbers are a little higher than a typical weekend, and we have received more calls due to the heat.”

Since Call 6 Investigates told you about the city’s backlog last month, it has grown to 822 pending calls.

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Animal control officers have been spreading the word about the city’s new ordinance, which took effect in 2015,

It says your dog must be brought inside to a temperature controlled building when the temperature outside is 90°F and above or if there’s a heat advisory.

Also, when the temperature is at or above 80°F, your dog’s shelter must be shaded by either trees or a tarp. 

IACS is trying to whittle down that backlog by using animal welfare groups like Friends of Indianapolis Dogs Outside to help respond to those calls.

FIDO says if you can’t get a response from IACS or the Mayor’s Action Center, you can call them at 317-221-1314.

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