With 100-degree heat around the corner for Southern Arizona, animal protection officials are urging the public to be extra mindful of pet safety.

Authorities get hundreds of calls every year about pets suffering from heat illness or dying because they were left outdoors, in a vehicle, or in another situation that put them at risk.

“Dogs and cats depend on cool, shaded or indoor areas and access to drinking water to survive,"  Kristen Auerbach, director of Pima Animal Care Center, said.

Here are some tips for pet owners from the care center: 

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