On June 21, 2018 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Quinte West Ontario Provincial Police, Quinte Humane Society and Ontario SPCA will be teamed up to promote the “NO HOT DOGS IN CARS” campaign at Walmart in the City of Quinte West.
Leaving an animal unattended in a vehicle during the warmer months could lead to charges, a fine and the surrendering of the pet to the Humane Society or even worse – the death of your pet.
The Ontario SPCA’s act states that “no person shall cause an animal to be in distress” and you could be charged if that is the case.
Quinte West OPP responded to over two dozen calls for pets left in unattended vehicles in 2017. Officers have attended several calls for the same already in 2018.
It only takes an animal minutes to overheat and animals have limited ability to sweat to relieve their bodies from heat. Even when parked in the shade your pet is still at risk.
The temperature inside your vehicle can raise almost 20º F in just 10 minutes. In 20 minutes, it can raise almost 30º F and the longer you wait, the higher it goes. At 60 minutes, the temperature in your vehicle can be more than 40 degrees higher than the outside temperature. Even on a 70-degree day, that’s 110 degrees inside your vehicle!
The public is welcome to stop by the display and check out all the information and become more educated on the dangers of leaving a pet in a vehicle.
Any person concerned regarding a pet being left in a vehicle is asked to contact the SPCA at 310-SPCA (7722), the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477), where you may be eligible for a cash reward of up to $2000.