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Female Dog Found Thrashing in Coachella Valley

An animal control officer discovered a pug in the Coachella Valley that clearly was suffering from the region’s high temperatures Wednesday (June 16). Lifesaving efforts proved unsuccessful.

Officer Jose Fernandez retrieved the pug from a location on Avenue 70 in Mecca, near Windward Drive at about 3 p.m. Fernandez was providing a training ride for a new animal control officer – Noah Marquez – and it was Marquez who discovered the dog on the side of the road thrashing about, as if it possibly was hit by a car. The temperature in Mecca at that time of day was approximately 116 degrees.

The duo rushed the dog to the Coachella Valley Animal Campus in Thousand Palms and his veterinary colleagues quickly went to work to save the dog, a black, female, 3-year-old.

The pug’s temperature registered 109.4 degrees upon intake – a temperature reading that could cause grave neurological disorders or death. A normal temperature is 100 degrees to 102.5 degrees.

Registered veterinary technicians Ivan Herrera and Carla Hernandez used an IV to get fluids to the dog and placed her on ice packs to stabilize her. Unfortunately, the dog’s condition did not improve and staff conducted humane euthanasia.

“This is a tragic but avoidable outcome,” Animal Services Director Julie Bank said. “It is a grave reminder to be extra cautious with our pets when weather conditions become extreme. I commend my team for doing all they could to safe this poor, little dog.”

Brachycephalic breeds – or short-nosed breeds (often described as “flat faced” breeds) – are highly susceptible to high temperatures, said Riverside County Chief Veterinarian Dr. Sara Strongin. “These include pugs and bulldogs, boxers and Boston terriers, and owners of these types of breeds should practice caution when we’re faced with heat warnings.”

For helpful tips, visit Riverside County Animal Services’ website: https://rcdas.org/index.php/services/pet- education/tips-for-hot-days

The pug did not have any identification tags, nor a microchip.

Contact a Shelter

Western Riverside: (951) 358-7387 (PETS)
San Jacinto: (951) 358-7387
Coachella Valley: (760) 343-3644
Blythe: (760) 921-7857

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