This was the scene earlier this month at Chocpaw Expeditions, a sled dog kennel in Ontario, Canada. The dogs are used for sled dog tours in the winter — but in the blistering summer heat, when there’s no snow or tourists, this is their reality.
This video was filmed on July 4 during a period of record heat waves sweeping the region. Sled dog advocate and filmmaker Fern Levitt was concerned about how the dogs were faring in these conditions — and after driving three hours to check up on them, her fears were confirmed.
“There had been warnings to keep our pets inside and if a dog was found in a parked car, the owner would be charged with animal cruelty,” Levitt told The Dodo. “Well, what about the sled dogs? It all seemed so hypocritical.”