Rise in Temps Dangerous for Pets

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM EDT

By Jill Perkins

July 17, 2013 Updated Jul 17, 2013 at 11:50 PM EDT

Buffalo- A rise in the temperature means animal owners need to take special care of their pets.

Officials from SPCA say a dog was killed in Buffalo after it was reportedly kept outside all day.

An investigation is underway to determine if the dog died as a result of neglect, officials say the core body heat of the dog was more than 100 degrees during an autopsy today.

SPCA executive director, Barbara Carr says be sure to give your dog access to plenty of water and shade throughout the day, and on days like this try to keep you pets indoors if possible with a fan or in air conditioning.

Carr says the SPCA can seize animals if they appear to be in unsafe conditions and that people found guilty of animal abuse can face up to a year behind bars.

Experts also recommend giving your dogs or cats an ice cube to keep them cool during the toughs summer months.