A Phoenix family will be allowed to adopt another dog after their newly “rescued” pet died on the way home from heat exhaustion. The young pit bull named Adler had just been adopted from the Maricopa County Animal Care and Control earlier this week. Adler collapsed and died after walking home with his new owner – approximately four miles away.
According to AzFamily, Maricopa County Animal Care and Control director Mary Martin admitted making the dog walk in the extreme heat of the day for an extensive amount of time was certainly stupid, but insists that provided with additional education and guidance, the family should be allowed to adopt another dog.
“We can help them be successful or we can shun them. I choose to help them be successful,” stated Martin.
That decision has caused an extreme reaction from the public with many advocates expressing their ire on social media. Martin says the incident brings forth a new awareness of the dangers of heat and dogs. Shelter workers will now be asking prospective pet parents if they have a way to safely transport the animal home. Temperatures in Phoenix this week have been ranging from 99 to 110 degrees. Anyone living in areas of unbearable heat should exercise their pets early in the morning or late in the evening. Keep exercise periods brief, and make sure pets have cool water and a comfortable place to rest at all times. If a dog shows symptoms of heat fatigue, let them rest and confer with a licensed veterinarian. Here are the symptoms to watch for in extreme heat according to PetMD.
- Excessive drooling (ptyalism)
- Increased body temperature – above 103° F (39° C)
- Reddened gums and moist tissues of the body
- Production of only small amounts of urine or no urine
- Sudden (acute) kidney failure
- Rapid heart rate
- Irregular heart beats
- Stoppage of the heart and breathing (cardiopulmonary arrest)
- Fluid build-up in the lungs; sudden breathing distress (tachypnea)
- Blood-clotting disorder(s)
- Vomiting blood (hematemesis)
- Passage of blood in the bowel movement or stool
- Black, tarry stools
- Small, pinpoint areas of bleeding
- Generalized (systemic) inflammatory response syndrome
- Disease characterized by the breakdown of red-muscle tissue
- Death of liver cells
- Changes in mental status
- Muscle tremors
- Wobbly, incoordinated or drunken gait or movement (ataxia)
- Unconsciousness in which the dog cannot be stimulated to be awakened
(Photo of Adler who died from heat exhaustion via Maricopa County Animal Care and Control)
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