For Immediate Release:
June 10, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Norfolk, Va. – This week’s scorching temperatures—reaching triple digits in areas in South Dakota including Aberdeen, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls—will put dogs at high risk of heat prostration and death, so PETA is issuing an urgent warning to anyone with a dog:
- Touch the pavement to ensure that it won’t burn dogs’ foot pads.
- Be alert to a long, curled-up tongue and heavy panting, as dogs cannot sweat as humans can and heat builds up inside their bodies.
- Walk only in the shade, on earth or grass, and never leave animals outdoors in extreme heat or inside vehicles.
Just last week, PETA fieldworkers discovered the body of a dog who had died after being left chained up in the hot sun, and similar reports nationwide are starting to roll in. Recently, a law-enforcement officer mistakenly left his patrol car with a dog inside it, and the K-9 succumbed to heat prostration and died. Last year, more than 31 dogs were reported dead from heat-related causes. (Figures are far likely higher, as most heat-related deaths go unreported.)
Anyone who leaves animals outside to suffer in severe weather may be prosecuted for cruelty.
For more information, please visit PETA.org.
Cities that have been alerted to PETA’s hot weather tips include Sioux Falls, Rapid City, and Aberdeen, SD.