In the past two weeks the Nebraska Humane Society says four dogs died due to heat-related conditions.
Spokesman Mark Langan says in each case, the dogs were left outside with no access to shade, shelter, or water.
Each owner was issued a criminal citation for animal cruelty, which could result in jail time and a fine. With the dangerous heat wave expected over the next few days Langan is urging owners to be extra careful.
"With the excessive heat I really question whether dogs will be able to survive being outside. So I really stress to dog owners just bring them inside," Langan says "The dogs will enjoy it and we won't have to come out and investigate a possible animal cruelty case."
Extreme temperatures raise the possibility of heat stroke, organ failure and even death for unattended animals.
You can call The Nebraska Humane Society at 402-444-7800, x1 if you know about animals suffering outside. Langan says Animal Control Officers will respond quickly and may potentially confiscate the animal and issue a citation to the animal owner.