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Friday, August 5, 2011 - 4:47am

Heat Kills Waycross Shelter Dogs

Authorities say heat has claimed the lives of 14 dogs at a Waycross animal shelter in the past three months, including a seven-month-old puppy that died Wednesday.

Okefenokee Humane Society shelter manager Ben Hood says the 14 dogs died of heatstroke in the kennel, which has no fans because it lacks electricity.

Hood tells the Florida Times-Union that the kennel can house up to 100 dogs and 20 cats under its metal roof. He said the animals are given frozen bottles of water and are sprayed down frequently, but they're still dying in the heat.

Hood said the shelter has the materials to wire the kennel so fans can be added. He said Waycross City Manager Deron King has pledged to send an electrician to do the wiring.

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