Dog dies in Beaver County after being left in heat without shade or water for hours; landlord charged – WPXI
Dog dies in Beaver County after being left in heat without shade or water for hours
BEAVER COUNTY — The Beaver County Humane Society said a dog was found unresponsive after being left outside in the heat for hours on Wednesday without shade or water.
Sadly, the dog is dead and its owner is in Beaver County Jail facing animal cruelty charges.
Di Xiao is accused of leaving her adult husky outside yesterday in 90 degree weather.
According to the criminal complaint, police were called to his home along Collins Avenue in Baden Borough to an animal in extreme distress.
Police said they found the husky behind the house lying on the ground – tied up – muzzled – with no shade or water and appeared lethargic.
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Xiao took the dog to the vet where he had a seizure and started bleeding because his organs were failing. The dog was later euthanized due to heatstroke. According to the complaint, the vet said the dog’s temperature was over 109 degrees Fahrenheit and was “cooked from the inside out.”
“It’s very upsetting and disturbing that the dog lay there for so long that it was cooking internally,” said Beaver County Humanitarian Officer Tristan Wenzig.
Xiao admitted to Wenzig that she hadn’t checked on the dog for two hours. Last year, the humanitarian officer said he had been called to her home with a similar complaint, but all seemed well.
“It was very healthy. It wasn’t outside, it was inside. The owner was home. The owner let me see the dog and he was very healthy,” Wenzig said. “He was a loving dog who came to find out what happened yesterday, it was very unpredictable compared to what I saw about a year ago.”
The Beaver County Humane Society said even 30 minutes was too long for a dog to be outside in this extreme heat. That’s why they’re now warning pet owners about the signs of heat stroke, including excessive panting, vomiting and poor appetite. Here’s what you can do to protect your pets this summer.
“Keep them indoors if possible. Limit their interactions outside. If you’re a runner with the dog, he’ll run and he’ll overheat and that’s what we’re trying to avoid,” said Susan Salyards of the Beaver County Humane Society.
If your dog shows signs of heatstroke, the humane society says to put them in the shade, place wet washcloths under their paws – around their head and chest, and offer the dog some small amounts of water. Then immediately call your veterinarian.
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