The Hannibal Police Department would like to remind the community that with the increased temperatures and high humidity that pets are at risk of heat related health issues also.

The Hannibal Police Department would like to remind the community that with the increased temperatures and high humidity that pets are at risk of heat related health issues also.

Dogs and cats can become dehydrated quickly, so give your pets plenty of fresh clean water when it is hot outdoors. Also make sure your pet has a shady place to escape the sun, and when the temperature is very high, don't let your dog linger on hot asphalt. Your dog's body can heat up quickly, and sensitive paw pads can burn. On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked automobile can become a furnace in no time, and

heatstroke can develop, which is potentially fatal.

HPD's Community Service Officers step up patrol at this time of the year looking for animals that may be neglected by their owners. The Hannibal Police Department requests that members of the public be responsible pet owners. Make sure you pets are well cared for and if you notice neglected animals please contact the Hannibal Police Department at 573-221-0987.

The National Weather Service has issued an excessive heat watch for Northeast Missouri beginning Tuesday, July 18 at noon and ending Saturday, July 22.

Temperatures are expected to be in the upper 90s with heat indices rising to between 105 and 113 degrees each afternoon and early evening.