PSA: Keeping Your Pets Cool This Summer
By Wayne Ivey, Brevard County Sheriff // June 11, 2014
From the Desk of Wayne Ivey
ABOVE VIDEO: Keeping your pets safe from the summer heat is critical for a pets heath. This is why Sheriff Wayne Ivey’s Weekly Tip is all about keeping your pets cool during these hot months.
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA — Making sure your pet is staying cool this summer is critical as the summer starts heating up.
One thing to keep in mind that long fur insulates dogs is not true. While long fur does keep them cool for a few seconds, after a minute or so, the coat begins to hold in body heat. Imagine wearing a winter coat in the heat and you get an idea what it is truley like.
Another thing to keep in mind is that dogs left in the yard need shade and perfably a small wading pool filled with cool water. Dog houses often do not true shade as they often restrict air movement and can get really hot.
A great rule of thumb to use is that if you’re not comfortable in your yard, your dog will not be comfortable.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brevard County Sheriff Wayne Ivey has been a law enforcement officer for over three decades. Sheriff Ivey is a graduate of the FBI National Academy and has a Bachelor’s Degree from Daytona State College in Management and Supervision. Sheriff Ivey’s background in law enforcement is inclusive of Management, Criminal Investigations, Narcotics, Patrol Services, Public Integrity Investigations, and Corrections.
Prior to being elected in 2012, Sheriff Ivey served the citizens of the State of Florida as a Resident Agent in Charge for the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. As a member of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement Sheriff Ivey developed and created the country’s first ever statewide Task Force on Identity Theft. That same year the Task Force was named one of the top five most innovative programs in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and investigated approximately 44 million dollars in fraud cases. Additionally, as a member of FDLE, Sheriff Ivey created the Child Abduction Response Team (C.A.R.T) that re-defined the way Child Abduction cases are conducted throughout the country today. The program was later selected as the most innovative program in the country by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and is now used as a nationwide model in the response and investigation of child abductions.
Sheriff Ivey has testified before the United States Congress on law enforcement related matters and has extensive experience in the area of Public Integrity Investigations. Sheriff Ivey was honored as the Florida Department of Law Enforcement’s Special Agent of the Year (1996) and was also recognized by the Commissioner of the Florida Department of Law Enforcement for his Outstanding Contributions to Criminal Justice. In August of 2011 Sheriff Ivey was honored by the National Organization of Victims Advocacy for his work at the national level as an advocate of victim’s rights and protection.
Sheriff Ivey speaks regularly on topics such as Identity Theft, Crime in America, Human Trafficking, Domestic Violence, and Self Defense through Mental Preparedness. Sheriff Ivey firmly believes that Crime Prevention and Education are vital to reduce our crime rate and protect our community.