IREDELL COUNTY, N.C. -- Iredell County Animal Control officials say calls for neglected animals in the heat are on the rise.
In the past two weeks they've seen five cases where dogs have died from being left unattended outside.
The shelter was filled to capacity with dogs twice this past week. Workers say it's crucial to avoid leaving your dog outside at all.
"A lot of people will leave their dogs outside and they will give them water at 8 in the morning, but what they don't realize is that water is gone by 10 or 11,” said Rachel Johansen with Animal Control.
Animal Control officials urge folks to call 911 if you see a domestic animal that appears to be left unattended and struggling in the heat.