A 3 year old pug has died, the dog left on the side of Avenue 70 and Windward Drive in Mecca in 116 degree heat Thursday afternoon.
When animal control officers found the dog, they rushed it to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in THousand Palms, but the dog’s body temperature had already reached 109 degrees.
Efforts to save the dog failed and she was euthanized.
“This is a tragic but avoidable outcome,” Riverside County Animal Services Director Julie Bank said. “It is a grave reminder to be extra cautious with our pets when weather conditions become extreme. I commend my team for doing all they could to save this poor, little dog.”
The owner of this dog pug did not put any identification tags on the dog’s collar, and the dog was not microchipped.
Dogs with a short nose or flat face, like pugs, boxers, Boston terriers, and bulldogs, are highly susceptible to high temperatures, said Riverside County Chief Veterinarian Dr. Sara Strongin.
For helpful tips, visit Riverside County Animal Services’ website: https://rcdas.org/index.php/services/pet-education/tips-for-hot-days
Photo of pug found on the side of the road in Mecca in 116 degree heat.
Photo from Riverside County Animal Services Dept