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Pit Bull dog dies out on hiking trail yesterday

Discussion in 'Other Dogs in the News' started by Nat Ursula, Jul 13, 2017.

  1. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator


    A hiking trip on McDowell Mountain turned out to be a deadly one for a dog when the heat was too much for the animal.

    The 4-year-old pit bull was with its owner and two other hikers on Wednesday in north Scottsdale.

    Fire crews were called out to Lost Dog Trail just before 1 p.m. They found the trio of hikers and the dog were distressed from the heat. Crews and the hikers tried to save the 50 lb. dog's life but couldn't.

    The crews removed the three hikers and the dead dog from the mountain, firefighters said.

    No firefighters were hurt.

    [READ MORE: Heat safety 101]

    The three hikers refused to go to the hospital.

    Scottsdale police responded to the scene and issued a citation to the 27-year-old woman who owned the dog for animal cruelty.

    The investigation is ongoing.

    No identities have been released.

    The Scottsdale Fire Department was assisted by Tempe and Phoenix Fire Special Operations crews.

    In Scottsdale, there are no restrictions for hiking in the heat with pets.

    However, in Phoenix, dogs are not allowed on hiking trails when the temperature is higher than 100 degrees.

    Some wanted a full ban on hiking in the heat, but the Phoenix Parks and Recreation Board agreed to the ban for just pets in June of last year.

    [READ MORE: Phoenix board rejects plan to ban hiking in extreme heat (June 30, 2016)]

    Signs have been posted at trailheads informing visitors the penalty is up to $2,500 and up to six months in jail.

    [RELATED: Park rangers warn pet owners to keep dogs off of hot trails]

    Heat is the No. 1 weather-related killer in Arizona and the U.S.

    [SPECIAL SECTION: Extreme heat]

    Scottsdale Fire technical rescue team removes 3 people and a large dog with extreme heat emergency. pic.twitter.com/feiiUcWh1D

    — ScottsdaleFD (@ScottsdaleFire) July 12, 2017
    Scottsdale Fire and Phoenix Fire are on scene . We have reports of 3 people and a pit bull dog having heat issues. pic.twitter.com/g3feyQHBsI

    — ScottsdaleFD (@ScottsdaleFire) July 12, 2017
  3. Derek1

    Derek1 Big Dog

    That sucks
  4. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    It is 9:00 am and 90 degrees right now. We had to come inside because it is pretty hot. The hikers were rescued at 1:15 in the afternoon. I put the dogs in the car at 1:30 on Tues. and drove with the air blasting for about an hour. I was concerned about them getting out of the truck and going into the house an hour later. It takes its toll on them.
  5. Worg

    Worg Little Dog

    These people must bring water for themselves, was the dog being hydrated as well? I mean no, water is not a cure but it can make a huge difference.
    How hot was it? I don't go outside when it's over 100, people are crazy.
  6. Nat Ursula

    Nat Ursula Good Dog

    I think it was 110.
  7. Worg

    Worg Little Dog

    Heck no bye! Dogs are going to have to pee in the house if it gets that hot LOL

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