For immediate release:
August 13, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Virginia. Scorching temperatures this week, which are expected to rise above 90 degrees in the Norfolk area, 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 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 in parked vehicles.
- Never leave dogs outside in hot weather. It’s not just fatal – it’s illegal. Virginia law prohibits dogs from being tethered outside in temperatures above 85 degrees or during a heat warning.
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, 28 dogs have been reported dead from heat-related causes… (The numbers are 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.