Orange County animal shelter without AC during summer | WFTV

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ORLANDO, Fla. – Orange County Animal Services is trying to protect 500 animals from summer’s immense heat without an air-conditioning system.

The county decided in February that it would be too expensive to upgrade the facility’s AC system, so it opted to use a ventilation system instead.

The fans are much-needed, because Central Florida is in the middle of a six-week stretch that produces the year’s warmest temperatures.

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“It does provide relief and (makes it) a few temperatures degrees lower than (what) it would be otherwise,” said Diane Summers, a shelter spokeswoman.

Workers are doing what they can to help keep the animals cool.

“Certain dogs are going to be predisposed to have issues with the heat — those with short noses, those with heavy coats,” Summers said. “So those are ones we are especially keeping an eye on.”

The county has plans to build a new air-conditioned facility, but Summers said the shelter’s animals would best be served through adoptions.

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© 2017 Cox Media Group.

Fees have been lowered to $10 to make adoption more affordable. The cost includes a spaying/neutering surgery, vaccines and a microchip implantation.

Resident Michael Westberry visited the shelter Tuesday to adopt a dog.

“We got a dog over there picked out,” he said. “Why go to a pet store when you can get a dog for 10 bucks and actually help one out here?”

Click here for more information on how to adopt a dog or cat.


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