PETA reminds public to keep pets safe on hot summer days

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Posted at 7:30 PM, Jun 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-05 21:30:35-04

As temperatures rise into the 90s and 100s across Utah, animal activists are reminding pet owners to be extra careful when it comes to their animals' health and safety.

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People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) issued an "urgent warning" Saturday specifically directed toward dog owners, saying the heat puts dogs at a high risk of overheating and even death.

The organization gave the following tips to keep them safe:

  • Touch the pavement to ensure that it won’t burn dogs’ foot pads
  • Be alert to a long, curled-up tongue and heavy panting
  • Walk only in the shade, on earth or grass
  • Never leave animals outdoors in extreme heat or inside vehicles

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