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A large Pit Bull is dead and another one is recovering from severe dehydration at General Dog and Cat Hospital after it's owner stored them in metal cages with no water or shade Monday in Fontana. The serving dog is doing better after the severe dehydration Wednesday in San Bernardino, CA. August 8, 2012.
One dog is dead. The other suffered heat stroke. And both are poster pets for the dangers of caging animals outdoors on hot days, especially without shade and water, officials say.
“Any reasonable person would not have left their dog confined in a metal cage … during extreme heat,” said Fontana Animal Control Officer Jamie Simmons, whose investigation led to the animal cruelty arrest of 26-year-old Fontana dog owner Jose Luis Delallata.
A neighbor’s tip drew Simmons to Delallata’s home Monday, Aug. 6, where she found two enormous male pit bulls near death. She saved one of them by administering mouth-to-muzzle rescue breathing and chest compressions – cainine CPR.
She couldn’t save 2-1/2-year-old Kona, who she said was locked in a cage barely bigger than his 98-pound body. Placed in direct sunlight on a cement driveway, the temperature inside the cage was roughly 150 degrees, she said.
Though she dragged him out of the cage, Kona’s internal body temperature – more than 110 degrees – was his death sentence.
On Wednesday, 102-pound Kush was recovering well, despite having been discovered in a metal dog run that also contained no water. He survived partly because his internal temperature was 106 degrees.
“When they reach 106, we call it heat stroke,” said Dr. Robert Zielinski, who is treating Kush at General Dog and Cat Hospital in San Bernardino. “One-oh-eight is already cooking the brain. At 109, they’re dead.”
Zielinski saved Kush by cooling him, administering intravenous fluids and treating the big dog for shock.
“It’s reversible if you catch it in the early stages,” Zielinski said of heat stroke.
Heat stroke symptoms progress from drooling to labored breathing, dizziness and fainting, Zielinski said. Particularly susceptible are dogs that are old, large or have short muzzles like pit bulls and boxers.
On extremely hot days, it’s a bad idea to even walk a dog long distances. But mostly, pet owners should keep their critters cool and give them plenty of water and shade.
“Common sense,” Zielinski said, “is very important.”