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Washington Humane Society Urges Public to Protect Pets from Extreme Heat


This story comes to us from Jacquie Toppings:

Washington D.C. – The Washington, D.C. area is under a heat advisory, and the Washington Humane Society (WHS) is reminding pet companions to pay special attention to their animals during extreme high temperatures.


“Pets are vulnerable in severe heat, and they depend on their caretakers to provide what is needed for them to stay healthy and cool,” said Scott Giacoppo, Vice President, External Affairs & Chief Programs Officer, Washington Humane Society. “When warm weather is uncomfortable for people, it can quickly lead to life-threatening heat exhaustion in pets.”


The Washington Humane Society offers the following tips to keep pets safe during the current heat advisory and upcoming warm summer months:


Bomb Dog Retiring after Nearly Nine Years

Bomb Dog Retiring after Nearly Nine Years

From Fairfax County Police Department:


   Nine years is such a long career…..for a dog! After eight and a half years of service, Puget will retire from the Fairfax County Police Department’s Explosive Ordinance Disposal Unit (EOD) and spend his days relaxing at home with his handler, MPO Tom Eggers.

            As a bomb dog, Puget responded to literally hundreds of calls for suspicious packages and bomb threats. His job was to respond to schools, businesses or any public area where a general bomb threat was reported and use his extraordinary sense of smell to search for the presence of explosive materials or devices. Puget can enter a room or area and detect in seconds what would take humans hours to locate, if ever. 

County Caring For Seized Cats

FAIRFAX, Va. (WUSA) -- More than 100 cats were seized from a home in Annandale in November, now those cats need medical care and new homes, Fairfax County Animal Shelter Officials said in a news release. 

"The shelter currently has more than 100 cats from the Annandale case in its care. The sick and/or young cats have been sent to shelter-approved foster homes and are receiving medical treatment from the shelter's contract veterinarian," the news release stated.

Most of the seized cats had upper respiratory infections and parasites. Others had slightly more serious medical issues and are being treated, stated officials.

Officials tell 9 News Now 17 of those cats have already been treated, adopted out to homes or transferred to another organization.

Not every cat was so lucky.

"Cats that had untreatable medical illnesses or those that did not get better with medical treatment had to be euthanized for humane reasons," officials said.