August 25, 2021

For Immediate Release:
August 25, 2021

Brooke Rossi 202-483-7382

Halifax County, N.C. – With temperatures expected to reach the upper 90s in Halifax County this week—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 tether a dog outside unattended. Dogs must be kept indoors or in a securely fenced-in area with access to adequate food, water, and shelter. PETA also 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.

This summer, 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 flooding 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. This year, 40 dogs have 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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