For immediate release:
August 31, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Oklahoma city “The hot temperatures this week, which are expected to hit triple digits in Oklahoma City, put dogs at high risk of suffering heat exhaustion and death, which is why PETA is issuing an urgent warning to anyone with a dog. Be sure to do the following:
- Touch the sidewalk before walking to avoid scalding 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.
This summer, PETA field workers found the body of a dog that died after being chained to the scorching sun, and similar reports are coming across the country. Recently, a law enforcement officer mistakenly left his patrol car with a dog inside and K-9 could not stand the heat prostration and died. It is reported that 42 dogs have died this year from heat-related causes… (The actual figure is likely much higher as most heat-related pet deaths go unreported.)
Anyone who leaves animals on the street to get hurt in harsh weather can be prosecuted for the cruelty.
For more information please visit PETA.org.