Dog dies in Danville of heat related causes, authorities warn pet owners to be aware

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Officials at the Danville Area Humane Society say a dog has died because of heat related causes. 

 “It’s horrible,” said Paulette Dean, the Director of Danville Area Humane Society.

The Director of the Danville Area Humane Society, Paulette Dean, woke up to horrifying news Tuesday morning. 

Danville police responded to a call here on Grove Street to find a dog had been left outside in the heat. 

“When he found the dog there, she was in desperate need of attention,” said Capt. Dennis Haley with the Danville Police Department. 

Police took the dog to the Danville Area Humane Society to try to cool her down, but unfortunately she died. 

“Found that the temperature of the dog was 107 degrees and she couldn’t bring her out of the seizure. The dog had collapsed and was seizing…Once you see an animal that’s suffering from the affects of heat, you can never again enjoy a glass of cold water,” said Paulette Dean, the Director of Danville Area Humane Society.

Its the law in Virginia that you need to provide animals outside with adequate shade, and quality drinking water at all times. 

“Just care for them the way you would any living creature, get them inside and out of the heat,” said Capt. Dennis Haley with the Danville Police Department. 

“In the summer, that means that you can’t just have a dog outside with a dog house especially if the dog is on a chain because the dog houses quickly become  just little sweat boxes,” said Paulette Dean, the Director of Danville Area Humane Society.

Paulette says when it’s this hot, the dogs at the humane society stay in an air conditioned room and get plenty of water. 

She says it’s important for pet owners to do the same.

“Make no mistake, the best place for your pet is in an air conditioned house right beside you,” said Paulette Dean, the Director of Danville Area Humane Society. 

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