Hannibal Police are warning that the high temperatures and high humidity can place pets at risk.

Dogs and cats can become dehydrated quickly so they need plenty of fresh clean water and a shady place to escape the sun. Hot pavement can also burn your pet’s paw pads and being confined to a hot car can quickly lead to heat stroke and possibly death.  Hannibal Police say their community service officers are stepping up patrols to look for animals that may be neglected by their owners.  You are also encouraged to contact Hannibal Police if you see neglected animals.