Do you know when it’s really uncomfortably hot outside and you want to be everywhere with AC? This is how a dog feels about the weather. Unfortunately, dogs can’t always make decisions, and some people don’t know how heat affects their puppies.
Not only will your dog feel uncomfortable out there in the hot sun. The bottom line is that a dog who doesn’t have access to water, shade, or shelter in extreme heat can stay outside. And tragically, it happened to a poor pit bull mix in Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.
An act of cruelty to animals
Tuscaloosa County’s Animal Control Officers found the dog dead in a front yard on a 110-degree day. The dog’s body temperature had risen to over 105 degrees when they found it, according to MPs. A local veterinarian confirmed that the dog’s cause of death was exposure to high levels of heat.
Temperatures of 107 degrees or higher are critical in dogs. It puts them at risk with organ failure or death. To endure this must have been an absolute torture for the dog.
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19-year-old Timothy Moore and 25-year-old Rhonda Deese were both accused of leaving the dog outside in life-threatening conditions. The couple have now been admitted to Tuscaloosa County Jail for $ 1,500 each.
The couple went to Facebook to deny allegations of wrongdoing. Looks like we need to follow the case to see if they’ll be billed or not.
Report suspected abuse in hot weather
Sometimes it helps to trust your instincts. If you observe a dog for an extended period of time without water or an animal shelter, contact your local animal control center or the closest animal shelter. You can also contact 3-1-1 or the appropriate information line in your country to find out who to call.
Arresting a dog on someone else’s private property is unfortunately technically illegal. But you can still wait nearby for someone to pick the dog up, and offer them water or shade if possible. You should also collect evidence: photos, videos or detailed reports will help with the investigation.
Heat stroke in dogs
Because dogs cannot regulate their body temperature as easily as humans, they are more prone to heat stroke. Dogs suffering from heat stroke can lose consciousness and even experience organ failure.
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Certain breeds of dogs are more prone to heat stroke than others, and that includes bully dogs. Brachycephalic breeds or those with flat faces are prone to breathing problems, which only make the heat worse. Overweight dogs, dogs with thick coats, and older dogs are also at higher risk.
Symptoms of heatstroke lock in:
- Excessive wheezing
- Fast or irregular heartbeat
- Vomiting blood
- Muscle tremors
If you experience signs of heat stroke, take your dog to the vet for treatment right away. You should also immediately move them to a cool place and supply them with water.
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