For immediate release:
June 5, 2021
David Pearl 202-483-7382
Bismarck, North Dakota Scorching temperatures this week – reaching three-digit Bismarck numbers – put dogs at high risk of heat exhaustion 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 outdoors 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 much higher as most of them go unreported.)
Someone who leaves animals outside to get hurt in harsh weather can be held accountable for abuse.
MAP– whose motto, in particular, says that “animals are not in our hands to subject them to cruel treatment” – opposes arrogance, a worldview based on human superiority. For more information please visitPETA.orgor subscribe to the group onTwitter,Facebook, orInstagram…