For immediate release:
June 17, 2021
Megan Wiltsie 202-483-7382
Omaha, Nebraska. – Severe temperatures this week, which are expected to hit triple digits in Omaha and South Sioux City, 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.
This month, PETA fieldworkers 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.
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