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Fwd: Home Depot theft suspect's dog left to swelter in car

From: Andrea B.
Sent on: Thursday, August 22, 2013 6:24 PM
Important information in case you ever come across a dog having a heat stroke.

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From: Mary Firminger <[address removed]>
Date: Mon, Aug 12, 2013 at 9:28 AM
Subject: Fwd: Home Depot theft suspect's dog left to swelter in car
To:


PLEASE FIND OUT IF YOUR LOCAL OFFICERS ARE TRAINED IN WHAT TO DO.
IF THIS WAS A CHILD, IT WOULD HAVE BEEN RUSHED TO A HOSPITAL BUT THE SUFFERING OF AN ANIMAL SOMEHOW SEEMED LESS IMPORTANT.
SUFFERING IS SUFFERING, WHETHER ON 2 LEGS OR 4.
THIS DOG SHOULD NEVER NEVER NEVER HAVE BEEN GIVEN BACK TO THE OWNER.

Please forward this message to your local police department chiefs.

The dogs owners were in the process of stealing wire bales to pay for repairs to their car.  When the police responded to the now rescued dog, the police told the owner who didn't have money for car repairs, to immediately take the dog to the nearest veterinarian!  Do you think people without money were going to do this??  The officers in Tampa need better training.  The officers should have accompanied the owner to a vet immediately.  This dog could be dead at this point. (I sent an email to the Tampa Police Dept.)
 
 
The good Samaritans who rescued this dog from a sweltering car and experiencing heat stoke, attempted to cool down the dog with ice cubes in the outside parking lot, not knowing that that is not the way to cool the dog off.  They had a bucket of water and a bucket of ice present and were rubbing ice cubes over his body as well as attempting to put ice cubes in his mouth.  This is what should have been done.
 
Heat stroke begins with heavy panting and difficulty breathing.

Treatment: Emergency measures to cool the dog must begin at once. Move the dog out of the source of heat, preferably into an air-conditioned building. Take his rectal temperature every 10 minutes. Mild cases may be resolved by moving the dog into a cool environment.

If the rectal temperature is above 104°F, begin rapid cooling by spraying the dog with a garden hose or immersing him in a tub of cool water (not ice water) for up to two minutes. Alternatively, place the wet dog in front of an electric fan. Cool packs applied to the groin area may be helpful, as well as wiping his paws off with cool water. Monitor his rectal temperature and continue the cooling process until the rectal temperature falls below 103°F (39°C). At this point, stop the cooling process and dry the dog. Further cooling may induce hypothermia and shock.

Following an episode of heat stroke, take your dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible. Heat stroke can be associated with laryngeal edema. This seriously worsens the breathing problem and may require an emergency tracheostomy. An injection of cortisone before the onset of respiratory distress may prevent this problem.

At the very least, wet towels should have been applied to the dogs body to pull heat out, rinsed out in cool (not ice) water and reapplied continually to reduce heat.

 
Marilyn Weaver, Executive Director
League of Humane Voters-FL
www.LOHV-FL.org
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