PITTSBURGH (KDKA) – The recent heat wave has not only been leaving lots of people hot, but animals as well.
The Animal Rescue League treated a dog Monday that was found in Homewood suffering from severe heat stroke.
Officials say the dog’s temperature was 110 degrees when it got to the shelter – a normal temperature for dogs is between 100 and 102.5 degrees, and anything above 104 degrees is considered an emergency.
“If it wasn’t picked up — another hour or so and it would have died,” said Animal Rescue League Executive Director Dan Rossi.
The Animal Rescue League says it treated the dog by cooling her down and giving her fluids.
“It’s hot, humid days like this when dogs have more trouble cooling themselves,” Rossi said. “They don’t sweat like you and I do.”
The dog was found running around loose and was brought in by a stranger.
“Today we had a good Samaritan come in with a dog that they found in Homewood, on North Homewood Avenue,” said Rossi. “The dog we knew clearly was suffering from heat stroke.”
It’s unclear to whom the dog belongs.