Thunder Bay man charged for leaving dog unattended in a hot car Ontariospca

Thunder Bay man charged for leaving dog unattended in a hot car

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Thunder Bay, ON (October 11, 2016) – Charges have been laid in a case dating back to July 22, 2016 when the Thunder Bay & District Humane Society, an affiliate of the Ontario SPCA, received a report about a dog left in a hot vehicle at a motel in northeast Thunder Bay.

Officers attended the scene immediately and found a German Shepherd-type dog showing signs of heat distress in a vehicle, as outside temperatures exceeded 30°C. The dog was removed from the car and ordered to be examined by a veterinarian to ensure its physical well being. 

A Thunder Bay man has been charged with three counts of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act.  The charges are as follows:               

  • One count for causing distress
  • One count for permitting an animal to be in distress
  • One count for failing to provide care for general welfare

The accused will appear on October 21, 2016 at the Provincial Offences Act court in Thunder Bay.

“Subjecting an animal to the dangers of being left unattended in a vehicle, especially during warm weather, is simply unacceptable. One not only risks being charged with animal cruelty, but also putting their animal’s life in danger,” says Lynn Michaud, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “Dogs are unable to expel their heat like humans, so leaving them in a warm vehicle is the equivalent to a human sitting in a vehicle on a warm day wearing a snow suit along with a hat, mitts and winter boots.”

To report animal cruelty, citizens are encouraged to call 310-SPCA (7722).



Jeremy Gardiner
Ontario S.P.C.A Agent -Northern Region
807 475-8803 ext 204


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