Canada is getting more familiar with extreme weather events.
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Just last week, Hurricane Chris made its way up the Canadian eastern seaboard. One week before that, over one hundred people died in the Montreal area after a brutal heatwave scorched southern Quebec.
That heat sent officials into a frenzy. The question of how to better deal with more frequent high temperatures has dominated public conversation since then.
But officials have largely failed to consider possible special policy to protect animals during these heat events. Dogs and cats, too, are susceptible to heat. Unattended canines can die from heat stroke or dehydration.
But when you combine such negligence with general corporate malpractice, the results can be devastating.
That's what's been happening at a sled dog facility in Ontario. During the summer months, hundreds of sled dogs are tethered to makeshift shelters in an open field of dirt. Facility workers keep them there even during extreme heat events.
Photos of the compound were first posted on the official Facebook page of the Sled Dogs documentary, which follows the dogs during the off-season. The post encourages viewers to share the content.
Since then, an online petition has spread encouraging the government of Ontario to ban such outdoor facilities, which are still legal in the province.
In the meantime, ensure that your pets are cool and hydrated during extreme temperatures.