MCSO Animal Crimes Unit keeping an eye out for pets in distress during extreme temps

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Det. Dee Daniel with MCSO checks on a dog in the heat. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Det. Dee Daniel with MCSO checks on a dog in the heat. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
While many animal lovers go above and beyond for their pets, legally, they’re only required to give them shelter, water, food and medical attention when needed. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) While many animal lovers go above and beyond for their pets, legally, they’re only required to give them shelter, water, food and medical attention when needed. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
One dog used a car for shade. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) One dog used a car for shade. (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
WITTMANN, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) -

Heat can affect animals just as much as it can people, and taking care of them on extreme heat days isn't only crucial, it’s the law.

The Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office sent its Animal Crimes Unit out patrolling Tuesday morning, looking for things like not enough shade, too little water and animals in distress.

[RELATED: Crazy heat! Summer starts with a bang as Phoenix temps reach 119]

Det. Dee Daniel started her day into the town of Wittmann.

"I came through here a couple weeks ago and there was a dog that was tied to a tree," she said.

Now, she's back to make sure the owner listened.

"I told her that day if I see it tied out right now we just might be taking a dog,” said Daniel.

Today, the animal was inside.

"This is what I want to see,” said Daniel.

[SPECIAL SECTION: Extreme Heat]

In the same neighborhood, just down the street, Daniel spotted a large black dog tied up outside.

Her owner quickly came out and showed Daniel the dog had access to shade and cool water, following the minimum legal requirement.

"He took the dog back inside. There was one puppy on the property. The guy complied, I have no issues. And he stated, 'Yes it's going to be hot outside.' About 90 percent of this job is education," said Daniel.

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Daniel explained while many animal lovers go above and beyond for their pets, legally, they’re only required to give them shelter, water, food and medical attention when needed.

For livestock, like horses and cattle, shelter is not required.

[RELATED: Southwest marks first day of summer with heat wave]

But when Daniel got a tip about a hot horse needing attention, she still went to check it out.

The owner was welcoming and showed the Animal Crimes Unit his property. Despite not having any shade, the horse was perfectly healthy.

"We would rather have people call us no matter what. Not sit back and go, 'You know, I should have called.' Or, 'Maybe give it a couple days and maybe I’ll call them.' Call us. This is our job, this is what we do," said Daniel.  

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Lauren ReimerLauren Reimer joined the 3TV/CBS 5 family in June 2016. She is originally from Racine, WI but is no stranger to our heat.

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Lauren Reimer

She previously worked for KVOA in Tucson, covering topics that matter to Arizonans including the monsoon, wildfires and border issues. During the child migrant crisis of 2014, Reimer was one of only a handful of journalists given access to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection detention facility in Nogales, where hundreds of unaccompanied children were being held after crossing into the U.S. from Central America. Before that, Reimer worked at WREX in Rockford, IL. Lauren is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee and still visits home often. When not chasing news stories, Reimer loves to explore, enjoying everything from trying new adventurous foods to visiting state and national parks or local places of historical significance.

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