This week, nearly a half-dozen dogs in Tulsa left outside have died due to the extreme heat. Dogs cannot sweat, so they are very vulnerable to the heat. Tulsa Animal Welfare Manager Jean Letcher says some of the deaths occurred when the dogs got their chains tangled and couldn’t reach shade or water. She says it’s best to keep them inside in a temperature controlled environment if at all possible.
Letcher says if dogs must be left outside and there’s no fenced yard, try to find friends or relatives who do have fences. And she says try not to tether or chain the pet to make sure they can reach shade and water.