Updated alarms for animal control trucks

September 11, 2008 4:26:05 AM PDT
Updated temperatures alarms will be installed on Houston animal control trucks to warn when it's too hot in the kennel areas. Six dogs died last month from heat stroke after being left in a kennel vehicle.

Houston Mayor Bill White's deputy chief of staff Terence Fontaine says the operation will include a cabin gauge showing the temperature in the truck kennel. A siren will sound and a pager will go off when the temperature hits dangerous levels.

Fontaine says the trucks, including the one in which the six dogs died, had a temperature warning system -- but some systems were broken.

An animal control officer was in a restaurant eating lunch Aug. 26 when the dogs overheated. The officer, who says the truck's air conditioning failed, has been temporarily reassigned.

Three dozen trucks will be updated, at a cost of about $36,000.

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