IMMEDIATE RELEASE - PETERBOROUGH, ON (December 12, 2012) – On November 29, 2012, Paul Snyder, of Milford, Ontario, was convicted of two counts under the Ontario SPCA Act after leaving a dog in a hot  vehicle at the Peterborough Zoo.


The charges included:
• One count of permitting distress
• One count of failing to meet the standards of care


On August 4, 2012, an Ontario SPCA investigator responded to a call about a male Boxer-type dog left in a vehicle at the Peterborough Zoo. The dog was tied to the rear passenger door and was non-responsive. The temperature inside the vehicle was recorded as being 56 degrees Celsius.


The dog was removed by the Ontario SPCA investigator and was transported to the Kawartha Veterinary Emergency Clinic. Veterinarians determined that the dog was suffering from heat exhaustion.
Mr. Snyder was sentenced to two years probation and was ordered to pay a fine of $3,000.


 “Leaving your pet unattended in a vehicle is one of the most irresponsible things an owner can do,"  says  Senior Inspector Larry Wilkinson. "If you must take your pet with you  when you leave your home, make sure that someone is with it at all times.”


The Ontario SPCA reminds pet owners that if you have concerns for the welfare of your animal there are alternatives other than allowing an animal to go without adequate care. Contact your local Ontario SPCA and we can discuss what services are available. To report cruelty please call 1-888-668-7722 or email your concern to




Provincial Media Contact
Alison Cross
Sr. Manager, Marketing & Communications
Ontario SPCA, Provincial Office


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