Urgent: PETA Warns That Dogs May Die in North Carolina Heat Wave—Vital Tips Here

For Immediate Release:
May 19, 2022

Nicole Meyer 202-483-7382

Roanoke Rapids, N.C. – With temperatures expected to reach the 90s in your area this weekend—putting “outdoor dogs” at high risk of enduring heat prostration and dying—PETA is issuing an urgent warning and reminder that it is illegal to leave a dog outside without access to adequate food, water, and shelter. PETA also urges people to be on the lookout for dogs who are in need of assistance, including those who might be experiencing heatstroke symptoms, and advises everyone to do the following:

  • Touch the pavement before walks 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 or on earth or grass, and never leave animals outdoors in extreme heat or inside vehicles.

Last summer, PETA fieldworkers discovered the body of a dog who had died after being left chained up in the hot sun, with similar reports nationwide. A law-enforcement officer also mistakenly left a dog inside his patrol car and the K-9 succumbed to heat prostration and died. In 2021, 59 dogs reportedly died from heat-related causes. (The actual figure is likely far higher, as most heat-related companion animal deaths go unreported.)

Anyone who leaves animals outside to suffer in severe weather may be prosecuted for cruelty.

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