On Monday, a young dog, left alone on an apartment balcony in Nebraska, suffered an agonizing death from the intense heat. According to KMTV News, the 16-month-old English bulldog was outside on the balcony in Bellevue when the temperature climbed into the mid-90s
Mark Langan, vice-president of field operations for Nebraska Humane Society, told KMTV,
“When the call came out, I believe it was 95 degrees, with a feel-like temperature of 99 degrees, with high humidity and high dew points. It was the perfect storm for this poor dog to endure terrible conditions on this balcony.”
Despite the dog’s untimely and tragic demise, the owners are not being cited – officials who spoke with them do not believe that the situation was anything more than a terrible oversight and the dog appeared to have been otherwise well-cared for. The family had left food and water outside for the dog, but the heat simply proved to be unsurvivable for the bulldog.
The tragic incident is a harsh reminder that pets suffer in the heat and precautions need to be made to keep them safe and comfortable – if you are too hot, your pet is too hot. Bring dogs indoors when it is hot outside – always ensure that fresh, cool water is available and remember that shelter from the sun’s intense heat is critical.
(screenshot via KMTV News)
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