Summertime and the livin’ is … steamy. Sweltering temperatures have many of us retreating to air-conditioned comfort, changing our clothes and sipping cold beverages. But not everyone has a way to beat the heat.

Since 2020, hot weather has killed at least 51 companion animals, including two dogs who were allegedly left in a garage on a 111-degree day last month. One of them reportedly had cuts on his nose from trying to dig into the concrete floor in search of relief from the oppressive heat.

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Lindsay Pollard-Post is a senior writer for the PETA Foundation, 501 Front St., Norfolk, VA 23510;