For immediate release:
May 18, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Victoria, British Columbia – Following recent reports that Victoria Police had to rescue three dogs from hot cars – and that the temperature in one of the cars was reportedly 47 ° C (116 ° F), even though it was only 16 ° C (60 ° F) ). outside – PETA urgently warns of the importance never leave animals in hot vehicles… Last year, at least 31 pets died from heat-related causes… (These are just the ones reported – most are not.)
Someone who leaves animals outside to get hurt in harsh weather can be held accountable for abuse.
The following tips will help keep companion animals safe in hot weather:
- Never leave your pet in a hot vehicle. The temperature in parked cars can skyrocket, and a dog inside can die from heatstroke within minutes – even if the car is in the shade with the windows ajar, which has little to no effect on the temperature inside the car. PETA offersemergency hammer for breaking windowsfor help in life situations.
- Keep animals indoors and leave them at home when it is hot outside.Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their paw pads and cool down by panting, so even short exposure to the sun can be life-threatening. Anyone who sees animals in distress and cannot help should note their whereabouts and alert authorities immediately.
- Avoid hot sidewalk.When the outside temperature exceeds 27 ° C (80 ° F), the temperature of the asphalt can rise to over 60 ° C (140 ° F), causing pain, burns and permanent damage to the dog’s paws after just a few minutes of contact. Walk your dogs on the grass whenever possible and avoid walking in the middle of the day. Never run with dogsin hot weather, they will collapse before they surrender, and then it will be too late to save them.
PETA releasedwarm weather social service announcementwithMcKenna Grace… For more information visitPETA.org…