For immediate release:
June 28, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Reno, Nev. Scorching temperatures this week, which are expected to hit triple digits in Reno, put dogs at high risk of 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 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.
This month, 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 surface 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.