For immediate release:
May 29, 2021
Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Virginia. – In connection with the introduction of the excessive heat warning in Sacramento, PETA has issued an urgent warning of the importance of never leave animals outside in extreme heat or in hot vehicles… Last year, at least 31 animals died from heat-related causes… (These are just the ones reported – most are not.)
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 windowsRfor 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 reaches the 80s, the temperature of the asphalt can rise to 140 degrees, causing pain, burns and irreversible 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…
Cities that have also been warned about PETA’s hot weather survival tips are Fresno and Modesto.