We often hear of the need for humans to use caution when outdoors in the summer heat, but residents should also always remember to take care of their pets.
Christian County Animal Shelter Director Irene Grace says cats and dogs need the same things humans do outside to remain cool—water and a shady spot to rest.
Without the help of humans, Ms. Grace says pets will almost certainly become ill from the effects of the heat and could die.
Law enforcement also remind residents it's illegal to leave a pet in a hot car. Clarksville Police cited an individual into court Wednesday after a small dog was left unattended in a van for at least 45 minutes, while its owner shopped at Governor's Square Mall. The suspect was charged with cruelty to animals.