HAMILTON, OH (FOX19) - A dog found suffering from heat exhaustion in Hamilton, Ohio has died. Vets did all they could to nurse the pit bull mix back to health , but ultimately the pregnant pooch just couldn't pull through.
"This is the hardest case that we have to deal with because it's so preventable," said Deputy Dog Warden Kurt Merbs.
The dog, named "Tila," was found Thursday afternoon on Chestnut Street with no food and water and no shelter from the sun. She was given an IV with cold water to cool down her temperature, and was transported to the Fairfield care center where she later died from heat exhaustion.
"We just think it was too far gone, your inside literally cooks from the inside out with heat exhaustion," Merbs said.
Deputies tried to make contact with the owners Friday, but they weren't home, they were given notice to contact authorities by Monday or arrest warrants will be issued.
"Possible cruelty neglect charges as well for the female," Merbs said.
Meanwhile, the Dog Warden's office has taken custody of a male pit bull from the same owners, to protect it from any harm. Merbs said on June 3 the owners contacted them to pick up the dogs, claiming they were strays.
"Found out that it was their dogs then, and as policy we pick up strays, so if it's home-owned and they don't want them, we don't come pick them up for them, they've got to transport them and get rid of them themselves, which is what we informed them to do at that time," Merbs said.
We tried talking to the dog owners at that house, but the person who opened the door said they weren't talking, meanwhile neighbors are speaking their mind.
"People should take care of their dogs, and treat them just like they would their kids, if you wouldn't leave your kid out there, you shouldn't leave your dog" said Dallas Flanagan, a neighbor.
PETA has released these tips on keeping your pets safe in the hot weather:
- Keep dogs inside: Unlike humans, dogs can only sweat through their footpads and cool themselves by panting. Soaring temperatures can cause heat stress and be physically damaging or fatal.
- Water and shade: If animals must be left outside, they should be supplied with ample water and shade, and the shifting sun needs to be taken into account. Even brief periods of direct exposure to the sun while you're at work can have life-threatening consequences.
- Walk, don't run: In very hot, humid weather, never exercise dogs by cycling while they try to keep up or by running them while you jog. Dogs will collapse before giving up, at which point it may be too late to save them.
- Avoid parked cars: Never leave an animal in a parked car in warm weather, even for short periods with the windows slightly open. Dogs trapped inside parked cars can succumb to heatstroke within minutes—even if the car isn't parked in direct sunlight.
- Pickups: Never transport animals in the bed of a pickup truck. This practice is dangerous—and illegal in many cities and states—because animals can catapult out of the truck bed on a sudden stop or choke if they jump out while they're tied up.
- Stay alert and save a life: Keep an eye on all outdoor animals. Make sure that they have adequate water and shelter. If you see an animal in distress, contact humane authorities right away and give them immediate relief by providing water.