For immediate release:
August 11, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Springfield, Virginia. – A 5-year-old child died after being recently abandoned in a hot car in Springfield and high temperatures this week 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 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 outdoors 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. 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.