A rash of dog hiking deaths this July has officials at Arkansas' Pinnacle Mountain State Park saddened - and desperate to prevent yet another.
Pinnacle Mountain usually sees only one or two dog deaths per year, Joshua Jeffers, assistant park superintendent, told The Dodo. But this July, there have been three separate instances of dogs overheating and dying while out on hikes with their owners.
The three dogs who passed away were all of different breeds and ages, and all hiking on different days. "It's extremely hot for this time of year," Jeffers said. "The heat index has been about 112."
All three deaths occurred during the hottest hours of the day, between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. "Nobody has any business bringing their animals out that time of day," Jeffers said.