Mesa County Animal Services says this time of year, they get constant complaints about animals who are suffering from the heat because their owners are putting them in harm's way.
They want to remind everyone to never leave pets in a parked car.
Even when the windows are cracked and it's 80 degrees outside, the inside of your car can easily heat up to 120 degrees. For pets, that's an almost certain death sentence.
Also, pets need a tip-proof bowl full of water when they're left outside. Keep them clipped, but don't shave off ALL their fur, as they sunburn, just like humans.
They also need shade to hide out under if it's hot. They can burn the pads of their feet on the asphalt. And if they have weight issues, officials say they will overheat more quickly.
Officials also say don't leave pets in the bed of a pick-up truck while driving unless tethered in the center of the bed or in a carrier. All too often dogs can be thrown out over bumps, or they can jump out while moving.