PETA Statement: Arrest Made in Chained Dog’s Death From Heatstroke

For Immediate Release:
June 16, 2021

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Roanoke Rapids, N.C. – Below, please find a statement from PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch in response to the announcement that the man allegedly responsible for the death of a dog named Star, whom a PETA fieldworker found dead on May 28 in Roanoke Rapids, has been arrested and charged:

The sheriff’s office was right to take action, and with scorching temperatures and oppressive humidity in the forecast this week, PETA hopes this case will serve as a wake-up call: If you don’t want your dogs to suffer and die under the hot sun as sweet Star did, bring them indoors.

Photos of Star after her death are available here. (Warning: graphic images)

PETA points out that as temperatures rise, “backyard dogs” can experience multisystem organ failure, brain damage, and death within minutes. Anyone who sees dogs without access to shade or drinkable water should report it to authorities immediately—if they’re unresponsive, witnesses should call 757-622-PETA.

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