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Rash of Summer Deaths of Police Dogs in Hot Patrol Cars Prompts National Outreach Efforts, Push for Preventive Measures
For Immediate Release:October 8, 2012
Contact:David Perle 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. -- In the wake of the deaths of numerous K-9 dogs
who were left in hot police patrol cars this summer, PETA has sent a letter to
more than 50 police associations across the country urging them to encourage
their members to install temperature-monitoring and heat-alert systems in all
patrol cars in which K-9 officers ride. Depending on the model, such systems
sound an alarm, page an officer, attempt to start an engine, roll down a
window, or pop a door open if the temperature begins to reach a dangerous
In its letter, PETA cites several examples of K-9 deaths in
2012 alone, including two Bexar County, Texas, K-9s who perished after being left in their kennels in a K-9 truck for more than a day
while temperatures outside reached 96 degrees—just two years after
another K-9 belonging to the same department died en route to a veterinary
clinic after being left in a hot patrol car.
"Police departments across the country are proud to
serve and protect, and that mission must include their dutiful K-9
partners," says PETA Director Martin Mersereau. "Taking a few simple
steps to monitor police dogs in patrol cars can mean the difference between
life and an agonizing death from heatstroke."
Hot weather is often
deadly for dogs, who can succumb to heatstroke in just 15 minutes and sustain
brain damage as a result. Dogs who are left in parked cars are especially
susceptible. Dogs locked in hot vehicles have been known to salivate
heavily, lose control of their bladder and bowels, and claw car windows so
violently that their paws become bloodied. On
a 78-degree day, the temperature inside a shaded car is 90 degrees, and the
inside of a car parked in the sun can reach 160 degrees in minutes. Symptoms of heatstroke include restlessness,
excessive thirst, heavy panting, lethargy, lack of appetite, a dark tongue,
vomiting, and lack of coordination.
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