Pet owners face limited options to beating the heat
Pet owners are facing limited options for beating the heat after power outages throughout the St. Louis area. (Credit: KMOV)
ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The St. Louis area is still experiencing scattered power outages. Not only is the situation uncomfortable with the heat, it makes matters worse if you're a pet owner because many cooling shelters won't take you in.
Brandy Veal packed up her two dogs, Lola and Socks, in her air conditioned car to escape the heat from her house.
"Hot, hot. Yesterday our thermostat read 95." she said.
Veal has been without power since Saturday night and been a waiting game ever since.
"We got a freezer full of food. I don't know if it will be good by the end of this," said Veal.
She said her dogs limited her options as to where she could go to get relief.
"What they don't tell you is the Humane Society does it off an individual basis and then on top of that shelters won't allow your pets to come in and I get that," said Veal.
The City of St. Louis said pets were not welcome at any cooling shelter. However, Veal says she wasn't told that. Her only option was to leave her dogs at her friend's house.
"My dog gets restless and wants to be back home," said Veal.
News 4 also checked with Ameren and they say they hope to have power restored by Monday evening. It has been an all hands on deck 36 hours.
"We have always had people out there working. We've been working around the clock we worked last night we restored near 30,000 customers over night and right away in the morning bringing in lineman in far as way as Wisconsin and Oklahoma," Ameren said.
If you are a pet owner and find yourself in this situation, your best bet is to call ahead to pet-friendly hotels or pet boarding facilities.
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