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JULY'S FURNACE can take its toll on anyone, especially the elderly, outdoor workers and those with respiratory illness. Pets also have a hard time with the heat, so experts advise owners to avoid exercising their animals during hot, humid weather and to keep outdoor activity to mornings or evenings. Last Tuesday Pittsburgh police Officer Christine Luffey charged a Mount Washington man with a misdemeanor count of animal cruelty after his 7-month-old dog died while tied in the middle of the yard with no water or shelter. Ms. Luffey said, "if you want to know how a dog feels in this heat, go inside, put on your heaviest winter coat and stand in the sun for five minutes." No thank you.
THE PITTSBURGH PIRATES have been as hot as July, They followed the All-Star break with a 3-3 road trip before returning to PNC Park Friday for a six-game homestand. Regardless of how the Bucs fare through this stretch, it appears that the Cincinnati Reds are back as a festering rival. For the past month, the teams have been in a feverish battle for first, reminding older fans of how it was between the Lumber Company and the Big Red Machine. This season Pittsburgh is 5-4 against Cincinnati, with nine games left between the two. May the rest of our dog days find the Pirates in a heated race for the division title.
First Published July 22, 2012 12:00 am