By Jim Shilander
Authorities are urging pet owners to use caution in the coming months as Southern California enters its rattlesnake season.
The venomous reptiles are common in south Orange County during the spring and summer, said Jen Stinett director of the Coastal Animal Services Authority. At least one dog has been attacked by a snake recently at a home in San Clemente’s Marblehead area.
The easiest thing pet owners can do is to simply keep an eye on their pets, Stinett said.
“I wouldn’t recommend leaving them outside alone,” she said.
Stinett said snakes are especially dangerous because they can fit through most any hole in a fence. She recommended keeping grass trimmed and keeping animals clear of weeds and bushes.
Anyone who spots a rattlesnake is encouraged to contact CASA at 949.492.1617.