News release – Huronia West OPP
Huronia West OPP want to remind all pet owners to never leave your pet unattended in a motor vehicle.
Officers responded to three occasions over this past weekend between Friday, August 12, and Monday, August 15, when concerned citizens called about animals that had been left unattended.
In total four dogs had been left in vehicles during hot temperatures.
When the sun comes in the windshield of a parked car that is not running, the interior of the car absorbs the heat. These same surfaces in return give off the heat, which is unable to escape, especially when the windows are closed.
When animals are left inside, their breath also adds humidity to the vehicle, which increases their core temperature and leaves them unable to cool down by panting alone.
Studies show that in temperatures of 30 degrees Celsius (30C), after 20 minutes the interior of a car can reach 46C. At this temperature, their cells start to break down.
This is extremely hot and can have devastating effects on your pet.
A domesticated pet is dependent on the owner for proper care such as food, shelter and water.
The Criminal Code of Canada has specific sections that deal with the mistreatment of animals.
- Cause unnecessary suffering – maximum sentence of 5 years in jail
- Injure or endanger an animal – maximum sentence of 5 years in jail
- Neglect an animal – maximum sentence of 2 years in jail
Your pet will be more comfortable if left at home. If it’s too hot for you, it’s too hot for your pet.
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