By Aliya Hall
The Creswell Chronicle 

As temperature increases, animal cruelty calls spike


May 30, 2019

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Brian Austin, an animal cruelty officer, said the department generally sees an increase in animal welfare calls when temperatures are above 65.

Springfield has seen an escalation of animal cruelty calls this month as temperatures rose. Public safety leaders say it's an important reminder to those who travel with animal companions.

"The main reason that these calls have seen a noticeable increase recently is due to the fact this call designation is used for calls regarding dogs left in hot cars," said Brian Austin, animal control officer with the Springfield Police Department.

As of May 23, there were 15 calls regarding animal cruelty in Springfield; an increase from the nine calls in April and one in March. Although none of these...

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