A St. Bernard dog died from apparent heat-related complications after hiking up Giant Mountain with its owners on a sweltering hot day last week.
The state Department of Environmental Conservation said its dispatch office received a call at about 4 p.m. on July 4 about a large “dog in distress” due to the excessive heat. Temperatures were in the 90s that day.
The dispatcher advised the dog owners to get the dog into the shade, give it water, get the dog in water if possible, and return down the mountain after temperatures cooled off, according to the DEC. The DEC doesn’t rescue pets or animals except when public health and safety are a concern.
Despite the attempts by owners and fellow hikers to save the roughly 180-pound dog, it died later that day.
Forest rangers informed the owners of the dog that it must be removed from the mountain.
The dog’s owners and other hikers moved the dog down the trail, but were unable to get it completely off the mountain that day. On July 6, rangers patrolling Giant Mountain found no sign of the dog. It’s unclear what ultimately happened to the dog carcass.
DEC declined to identify the owners of the dog. According to DEC, no regulations were violated.