Hikers are advised to think twice before bringing dogs after 3 dogs die of heat-related illness – CBS Los Angeles

TOPANGA (CBSLA) Authorities advised hikers Thursday to “think twice” before taking their dogs on hikes in the Santa Monica Mountains this weekend after at least three dogs died this year and multiple rescues from heat-related illnesses held.

“Hikers: Think twice before hiking with your pets this weekend! At least three dogs died on local hiking trails here in the Santa Monica Mountains this summer, ”said the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area on Facebook.

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“The safety of dog companions during a hike requires planning and a large dose of realism.”

According to the department, the most recent dog death involving a 10-year-old Rhodesian Ridgeback occurred on a trail in Topanga on Saturday.

Two other dogs were rescued from Sandstone Peak “on a final weekend” after hiking in temperatures above 90 degrees.

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Dogs can succumb to heat stroke in just 15 minutes, the department said.

The National Park Service and local search and rescue teams in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties together reported about half a dozen dog rescues in 2021.

Most dogs suffered from heat illness and some did not have enough water, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said.

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