For immediate release:
June 28, 2021
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Gastonia NC – A two-year-old died after being recently abandoned in a hot car in Gastonia, and scorching temperatures this week put dogs at high risk of heat prostration and death, so PETA is issuing an urgent warning to anyone with a dog:
- Touch the sidewalk to make sure it doesn’t burn your dog’s paw pads.
- Watch out for long, twisted tongue and heavy breathing, as dogs cannot sweat like humans and heat builds up in their bodies.
- Walk only in the shade, on the ground or grass, andnever leave animals outside in extreme heat or in vehicles.
Just last week, PETA field workers discovered the body of a dog that died after being left chained to the scorching sun, and similar reports are starting to flood across the country. Recently, a law enforcement officer mistakenly left his patrol car with a dog. inside it, and K-9 could not stand the heat prostration and died. Last year, more than 31 dogs died from heat-related causes… (The numbers are likely much higher as most heat-related deaths go unreported.)
Anyone who leaves animals outside to get hurt in harsh weather can be held accountable for the cruelty.