It’s summer, which means it’s hot outside. While we take care to keep cool by wearing weather-appropriate clothes, chilling in air conditioned buildings or going swimming, we also have to be mindful of how our dogs keep cool. We provide shady areas, keep them inside our cool homes, and provide them with lots of water.
Two dogs in Newark, New Jersey, last week unfortunately did not receive that same weather-conscious treatment. The Associated Humane Society of Newark received a call about two dogs in distress on a residential rooftop, Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter wrote in a Facebook post.
“When our officers arrived, they found a Pit Bull and a Yorkie, frantically ‘dancing’ on the roof in an attempt to stop their feet from burning. This was a flat, tar roof and with the temperature being 96 degrees, the tar was bubbling, boiling and burning these helpless dogs. The Yorkie continuously ran to the edge of the roof to try to find an area that would not burn her further while the Pit Bull, covered in hot tar, had nearly given up hope,” the post says.
No one was home at the time. There was evidence that food was left out for the dogs, but there was no water around at all. Given that feces covered the roof, it is assumed that this is where the dogs live.
The humane society’s officers “removed the overheated and distraught pair and brought them directly to an emergency veterinary hospital. The dogs are severely burned and their condition is guarded at this point,” the Facebook post says.
In an update on the dogs’ condition, the Associated Humane Popcorn Park Shelter posted to Facebook, “Both dogs are resting comfortably and are no longer in any pain. They are being treated for their extensive burns and injuries that they sustained… Their conditions are still guarded, so they will remain in the hospital for the next few days so they can receive 24-hour veterinary care.”
An investigation will determine who is responsible for these dogs being left on the roof and whether or not charges will be faced. In the meantime, donations can be made to the humane society taking care of these two dogs by texting HumaneHelp to 41444 or by visiting the Associated Humane Societies website here.