For immediate release:
June 10, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Virginia. – The hot temperatures this week – reaching three-digit numbers in areas of South Dakota, including Aberdeen, Rapid City and Sioux Falls – put dogs at high risk of heat prostration and death, which is why 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 likely much higher as most heat-related deaths go unreported.)
Someone who leaves animals outside to get hurt in harsh weather can be held accountable for abuse.
For more information please visit PETA.org…
Cities that have been warned of PETA’s hot weather advice include Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen, South Dakota.