COLUMBIA — Buddy and Rue ran back and forth across the dog park at Bear Creek Nature Area in Columbia as their owner Laura Zimmerman sat in a chair in the shade, trying to stay cool in the 100 degree heat.
"Both of them are rescue dogs," Zimmerman said. "One I adopted from the humane society ... then Buddy I found behind a fraternity house on campus."
With the heat advisory Tuesday for Boone County, dog owners were extra careful about caring for the easily dehydrated animals.
"Keep a lot of water, they go through water so fast," Zimmerman said of her two dogs.
The National Weather Service issued a heat advisory for Boone County until 7 p.m. Tuesday. The heat index was expected to reach 105 degrees, and the weather service advised both people and animals stay indoors.
But it's difficult to keep dogs indoors all the time, Lori Thombs said. She and her dog Ocho played fetch at Twin Lakes Recreation Area on Tuesday. Thombs said on hot days like Tuesday, Ocho spends more time in the lake.
It is most important to keep dogs cool, hydrated and indoors, Animal Control supervisor Molly Aust said.
"Be very careful with them, use your head, treat them like you would your kid," Aust said.
Her office receives more than 100 complaints annually and about 20 violations of dogs left in cars. Animal Control is allowed to break into cars to rescue dogs without air or water and encourage the public to report to the city if they see an animal in need.