ROANOKE, Va – A new Virginia law requires all dogs must be given adequate shelter during extremely hot weather.
It also extends the required length of a tethered rope or leash from 10 feet to 15 feet.
The Roanoke Valley SPCA said with temperatures nearing 100 degrees almost daily, pet owners need to be more vigilant than ever.
“If you are walking an animal outside, there are some things to look out for, like excessive panting or drooling, those are all signs that maybe the animal is starting to get overheated. In addition, especially walking dogs, you have to watch about walking them on paved surfaces,” explained Roanoke Valley SPCA Communications Manager Julie Rickmond.
The RVSPCA encourages anyone who may see an animal outside in extreme heat to call their local animal control office.