For immediate release:
September 8, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Las Vegas, Nev. Scorching temperatures expected to hit three-digit numbers in Las Vegas this week 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 you walk 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…