Ross Co. Humane Society issues warning to pet owners after two dogs die of heat stroke


This 2018 file photo shows the inside of the Ross County Dog Shelter (Bill Reagan/WCMH)

CHILLICOTHE, Ohio (WCMH) — The Ross County Humane Society is issuing a warning to pet owners, especially those who keep dogs tied outside.

According to a Facebook post from the humane society, two of the dogs they tried to save have died of heat stroke in the last three days. One of the dogs had an internal temperature of 109 degrees Fahrenheit before they were able to get the animal to a veterinarian.

“It is simply too hot for dogs to be tied outside in the sun,” the post reads. “Dog boxes turn into ovens in this heat, so dogs must be provided with shade and access to ventilated air/breeze.”

⚠️ EXCESSIVE HEAT DANGER FOR DOGS ⚠️ In the past three days, two dogs we tried to save have died from heat stroke. Today…

Posted by Ross County Humane Society on Monday, July 15, 2019

The humane society is also temporarily discounting adoption fees on all currently available dogs to $50 because the shelter is at capacity. The adoption fee with an approved adoption application includes the DHLPP and bordetella vaccines, deworming, a microchip and a voucher for spay/neuter.

Temperatures are rising and so have our intake numbers. We are FULL and we do NOT want to have to house dogs outside in…

Posted by Ross County Humane Society on Monday, July 15, 2019

The humane society said anyone with concerns about a dog tied out should call the dog warden at 740-775-6808 for a wellness check.

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