As the country is in the grips of a massive heat wave, more and more stories are coming out about animals dying from heat stroke. Last week I wrote about Max, the dog who died in the back of the Memphis Animal Services truck in Memphis TN, while the animal control officer tried to evade her arrest.
In Freeland, PA, in Luzerne County, a black lab died while tethered to a chain. Another article was published not long about, which pointed out that dogs are not lawn ornaments and shouldn’t be tethered. This is most especially true during weather such as what’s going on now. If you as a human are unable to stand the heat, imagine what a helpless animal must feel with all of that fur, but unable to escape into the relief of air conditioning because he or she is trapped at the end of a chain.
A neighbor had seen the dog desperately trying to get cool. This neighbor reported that the dog had been denied water previously, with another neighbor actually giving the dog a bowl of water to try to help. Temperatures had reached 100 degrees in the area, which is clearly too hot for any animal to be left outside with no shelter or water.
The case has been turned over to the local SPCA, and Officer Wayne Harvey has been assigned to handle it. The owner, Sally Regan could possibly have animal cruelty charges filed against her if the investigation proves that indeed the dog died from heat stroke. A necropsy will be performed on the dog to determine the exact cause of death. The symptoms described by the anonymous neighbor seem to point towards heat stroke, with a description of the dog lying on his back, legs in the air and moving around.
The symptoms of heat stroke in dogs in devastating and so avoidable. Just the basic needs of shelter, food and water should be given to a dog at the very least. Sadly, so many people believe that dogs should be outside, never thinking about the fact that dogs are pack animals and crave the love and contact of their pack, which in most cases are the humans who are supposed to be their guardians.
If you see a dog tethered outside, please consider speaking with the guardians about taking him/her inside. If you’re concerned about that kind of confrontation, then please contact your local Humane Society to see if they can intervene. No animal should have to die this kind of agonizing death.
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