Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures. This is even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.
Ontario SPCA Inspector Scott Sylvia has responded to countless calls for animals left in cars, but this story stands out to him. Listen to him recount his experience with a tragic, preventable, consequence.
Tragedy strikes: Shocking true story of a dog left in hot car
No Hot Pets
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: nohotpets.ca take the pledge and SHARE the message using #NoHotPets.