For immediate release:
August 24, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Springfield, Illinois. Scorching temperatures this week, which are expected to hit the 90s in the Springfield, Bloomington and Quincy areas, put dogs at high risk of heat prostration 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.
In May, PETA field workers discovered the body of a dog that had 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. this, and K-9 could not stand the heat prostration and died. This year, 29 dead dogs were recorded from heat-related causes… (The numbers are likely much higher, as most heat-related pet deaths go unreported.)
Anyone who leaves animals outside to get hurt in harsh weather can be held accountable for the cruelty.
For more information please visit PETA.org.