As the Halifax County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the death of a dog PETA says was due to heatstroke, the organization is running a blitz of public service announcements encouraging residents to report these situations.
Halifax County Sheriff Wes Tripp said today an investigator has been assigned to the case of Star, a female pit bull which was found deceased by a PETA fieldworker on May 28. “It appears charges will be filed.”
Halifax County Health Director Bruce Robistow said earlier this month the matter is under review and a meeting has been scheduled on June 23 to discuss the claims of PETA.
The new ad campaign — Their lives are in your hands — is running for two weeks on North Carolina television stations WBTV, WGHP, WJZY, WRAL and WRAZ.
The spots will also air on Virginia stations WAVY and WTKR.
People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals said today its fieldworkers have found many dogs suffering in the heat already this year, including in northeastern North Carolina, and this weekend, temperatures are expected to reach the mid-90s.
“This sweet dog essentially broiled to death on a chain, without a drop of water or an inch of shade nearby,” said PETA Senior Vice President Daphna Nachminovitch. “We hope PETA’s PSA will prevent other dogs from being left outside in the scorching summer heat to suffer and even to perish.”
PETA points out that as temperatures rise, backyard dogs can experience multisystem organ failure, brain damage, and death within minutes. In cases in which authorities are unresponsive, it recommends that witnesses call 757-622-PETA.
PETA says leaving dogs outside in the heat is illegal and punishable by fines and jail time.