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Dogs in hot cars: How should you respond?

Pets + hot cars: Dangers, consequences, and what you can do.

With the long weekend just around the corner, you may run into situations where you see pets being left in their vehicles unattended, but what can you do?

Inspector Scott Sylvia shares in this video why it’s important not to leave pets unattended in hot cars – and what you should do if you see someone else doing it.

Watch now and learn all about it! Make sure to also visit and take the pledge to show your commitment to not leaving pets in vehicles unattended.

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Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. A dog’s normal body temperature is about 39°C. A temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.

SPCAs across Canada receive hundreds of reports of pets being left in cars every year.

If you can’t take your pet with you when you leave your car, leave them at home where they are safe. Owners who choose to leave pets unattended in vehicles, may face charges under the Ontario SPCA Act or the Criminal Code of Canada.

If you see an animal in distress, call 310-SPCA (7722) or your local police service. Learn more and take the

Aug 02, 2018
by Emily Cook