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SCRAPS: Dog dies tied to fence in the heat

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KHQ.COM - The Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service (SCRAPS) has responded to another situation of animal cruelty and confinement in an unsafe manner after a passerby noticed two pit bulls tied to a fence without water or shade.

Upon arrival at the residence, SCRAPS Animal Protection Officer Katie Kellig found one of the dogs dead due to suspected severe heat stroke and the second exhibiting signs of heat-related distress. The owners were inside the home at the time. “The first dog had already begun showing signs of rigor mortis, which speeds up during heat,” said Nicole Montano, Field Operations Manager. “It appears the animals were tied up the night before and looked at this morning, through a window, at about 7:00 am.” According to the report, the owner then went back to bed and did not check on the dogs until our animal protection officer responded this afternoon.

The officer attempted to obtain the body temperature of the dog but the thermometer maxed out and indicated “HI”. The deceased dog has been taken in to a veterinarian for a necropsy.” SCRAPS would like to remind all pet owners to keep their animals inside in these extremely hot temperatures. If they must be outside, limit their exposure to the heat, make sure they have continuous shade and plenty of fresh, cool water.

The owners of the dogs may be charged with Animal Cruelty in the First Degree, which is a class C felony and carries a maximum sentence of 5 years confinement and/or a $10,000 fine. An investigation is ongoing.

 

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