The valley has been getting some hot weather lately, which leads to concerns about pets.

Drumheller Bylaw and RCMP have been receiving calls about animals, particularly dogs, being left in vehicles on a hot day.

"It's not acceptable to leave a dog or a cat in your vehicle on a hot day," said Greg Peters, Director of Protective Services for the town. "Even on a day that might seem pleasant to us, the temperature in a closed up vehicle can be over 100 degrees in a few minutes. On a hot day in Drumheller, no animal can survive that."

"Dogs cool themselves by panting and sweating through the pads of their feet but they are in real distress if they are in a car on a hot day," explained Peters. "We want people to visit and tour the valley but we want people to be concerned about their animals."

Even if the vehicle is parked in a shaded area on a warm day, animals are still in danger if left unattended.

"If we believe on reasonable grounds that an animal is suffering and in distress we do have the ability to remove that animal by whatever means appropriate to maintain the animal's well being," added Peters. "Hopefully it doesn't get that far."

Peters added that similar precautions should be taken with children.

It is also suggested that pets be kept well groomed and rid of excess hair throughout the summer.

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