For immediate release:
August 10, 2021
Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382
Siskiyou, California. – This week’s scorching temperatures, which are expected to hit triple digits in Siskiyou County, will put dogs at high risk of heat prostration and death, which is why PETA is issuing an urgent warning to all person with a dog. Please make sure to do the following:
- Touch the sidewalk before walks to make sure it won’t burn dogs’ pads.
- Be aware of a long, curled tongue and a pronounced panting, as dogs cannot sweat like humans and heat builds up inside their bodies.
- Walk only in the shade or on dirt or grass, andnever leave animals outside in extreme heat or inside vehicles.
In May, PETA field workers discovered the body of a dog who died after being left chained under the scorching sun, and similar nationwide reports are starting to come in. Recently, a law enforcement officer mistakenly left his patrol car with a dog inside. she, and K-9 succumbed to thermal prostration and died. Already this year, 28 dogs were reported dead from heat-related causes. (The numbers are likely much higher, as most heat-related pet deaths go unreported.)
Anyone who leaves animals outside to suffer in extreme weather conditions can be prosecuted for cruelty.