Latest News -Summer 2019
Recommendations for protecting animals during extreme heat.
Heat stress is a significant health threat for animals, even in
the shade, and is especially dangerous in a hot car
DO NOT LEAVE YOUR ANIMAL
IN A CAR DURING SUMMER MONTHS.
Temperatures can become suffocating within a matter of minutes,
leading to health problems and possible death. It is critically important to
not leave your pets in the car during the summer months. It is also important
to make sure your pets, livestock and other animals have access to shade and plenty of
fresh, clean, cool water.
POINTS TO REMEMBER
shade – move the animals to shaded areas if possible.
animals who are outside on a frequent basis, even when in a shaded area.
water – as temperatures rise, animals need to consume more water
animals with water using a sprinkler that provides large droplets can also help
them to keep cool.
fans –air movement that can help lower humidity in areas where animals gather.
Fans and water sprinklers work together for evaporative cooling to more quickly
and effectively cool animals down.
Take dogs for early morning or
late-evening walks, when temperatures are cooler.
Contact your veterinarian if your animal
shows any signs of distress of if you have any concerns about their health.
UPDATE: Third pig caught Thursday morning
5/16/2019 The third pig has been caught and is now safe, according to Schuylkill County Animal Response Team(SCART).The pig, along with two others, roamed the woodlands atop Locust Mountain yesterday, prompting the response of passersby, state troopers, and SCART around 8:00am. The two, both pregnant females, were caught, though the male continued to roam and elude capture.An expert trapper was brought in this morning, and the pig was caught. A male pot-bellied pig stands in the woodlands near PA Route 924 in West Mahanoy Township on May 15, 2019.WEST MAHANOY TOWNSHIP - Three pot-bellied pigs ran loose along the side of PA Route 924 near Brandonville, prompting passersby, state troopers and an animal response team's efforts to catch them Wednesday.Passersby and the Pennsylvania State Police discovered the pigs this morning along the roadside, and members of the Schuylkill County Animal Response Team responded to attempt to catch the trio. Two of them -- both pregnant females -- were caught and taken to the Ruth Steinert SPCA in Pine Grove, according to SCART personnel at the scene.A third -- a male -- continues to roam the woodlands by the road, and passersby are asked to let it aloneKAYLEE LINDENMUTH / SENTINEL PHOTO - A male pot-bellied pig stands in the woodlands near PA Route 924 in West Mahanoy Township on May 15, 2019."Unusual activity or people chasing the animal will hamper efforts to safely capture him and get him back with his mates," SCART wrote in a Facebook post. SCART personnel say an expert trapper will attempt to catch the third tomorrow. They suspect the three were abandoned in the area.