Urgent: PETA warns dogs could die in extreme heat wave in South Dakota: essential advice here

For immediate release:
June 10, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Norfolk, Virginia. – This week’s scorching temperatures – reaching triple digits in parts of South Dakota including Aberdeen, Rapid City and Sioux Falls – will put dogs at high risk of prostration and death from heat, so PETA is issuing urgent warning to anyone with a dog:

  • Touch the sidewalk to make sure it won’t burn the 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, on land or on grass, andnever leave animals outside in extreme heat or inside vehicles.

As recently as last week, PETA field workers discovered the body of a dog who died after being left chained under the scorching sun, and similar reports nationwide are starting to come in. Recently, a law enforcement officer mistakenly left his patrol car with a dog inside, and the K-9 succumbed to thermal prostration and died. Last year, more than 31 dogs were reported dead from heat-related causes. (The numbers are likely much higher, as most heat-related deaths go unreported.)

Anyone who leaves animals outside to suffer in extreme weather conditions can be prosecuted for cruelty.

For more information, please visit PETA.org.

Cities that have been alerted to PETA’s hot weather advice include Sioux Falls, Rapid City and Aberdeen, SD.

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