Chained dog nearly died from heatstroke

Chained dog nearly died from heatstroke after being left outside without water or shade

A chained dog nearly died from heatstroke after her owners left her outside in direct sunlight without access to water or shade. Disturbing video of the dog motionless on the ground shows how close to death the pit bull was before people were able to free her from the heavy chain and get her into a residence to be cooled with water.

The dog, dubbed Penny, was impounded by Ohio’s Lake Humane Society. On Wednesday, the animal welfare agency wrote:

She was chained up at a Lake County residence in the heat and sun without water, shade or food. Penny struggled to stand up and her breathing was extremely labored. Lake Humane Society conducted a full investigation into the incident. Penny was impounded by LHS and ultimately surrendered through the court system. Penny is weak, underweight and doing her best to adjust to her new surroundings.

Upon further examination, it was determined that Penny is suffering from heat stroke, which has resulted in extreme dehydration.

Adding information about the toll the heat took on Penny’s body:

Lab work revealed kidney and liver problems – medical staff believe this is the result of deadly heat exposure. In a few weeks, Penny’s lab work will be checked to re-evaluate her condition and determine the cause. On top of everything, yesterday, Penny’s back legs gave out and she collapsed. She needs radiographs, so medical staff can figure out the best course of treatment.

Penny is only one year of age and her owners nearly killed her by leaving her outside to suffer in the heat. Investigators are seeking charges against the people who owned her.

Read more of Penny’s story here.

Click here to access Cleveland 19 News with video of Penny when she was chained – warning, the video is disturbing.

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