Panting pups get relief at Orange County Animal Services

ORANGE COUNTY, Fa. – New industrial fans and white, sun-reflecting paints bring relief to panting pups in Building 300 of the Orange County Animal Services facility.

“It’s hot and it’s Florida,” said Samantha Holsten of Orange County Animal Services. “And we want to make sure that we take care of these animals.”

The new fans were installed a few weeks ago, and a new color was added this week, according to a 2016 study that showed temperatures in the closed area with no air conditioning hit a high of 95 degrees in summer. This study also showed the need for a new shelter building after the current one failed to work with an HVAC system.

“We couldn’t retrofit air conditioning in this particular building, so we developed a ventilation system to protect the air,” said Holsten.

The $ 450,000 ventilation system was added in 2017. With the new industrial fans and the new paint, the temperatures have dropped by around 10 degrees.

New fans and sun-reflecting paints ensure the puppies at Orange County Animal Services stay cool during the summer months. (Image: WKMG)

On Thursday, the fans fluttered tickets in the dog kennel.

“I noticed a difference, I heard that the volunteers and staff felt a difference,” said Holsten.

News 6 saw that there was water for the dogs in all of the kennels. Staff and volunteers are trained to recognize the signs of heat exhaustion.

“If you see an animal that doesn’t look too good, our staff will take it to the clinic to make sure it’s checked and cooled,” said Holsten.

She says it happens sometimes. However, Orange County officials say an animal never died from the heat. District officials still believe that a new building with air conditioning is still needed. A proposal is planned for next month with the Orange County Board of County Commissioners.

Further information on the 2016 study and improvements since then can be found here.

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