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Humane Society Charges two for Animal Distress Reporting 80 calls so far this year

For Immediate Release - June 21, 2013 - The Ottawa Humane Society reported today that so far this season, it has charged two individuals with permitting distress and failure to meet standards of care related to dogs left in cars this year.


The incidents, one on May 30, the other May 31, occurred on days that the humidex soared into the 30s.


On May 30, with a humidex of 36 degrees, Ottawa Police Services officers were dispatched to Lincoln Fields Shopping Centre to rescue Boo, a Pomeranian-type dog and a Maltese-type dog. Boo was found lying on the floor of the car, panting heavily and listless. The other dog was observed pawing at the door, trying to escape the vehicle. The owner later admitted to having left the dogs in the car for two and half hours. OHS officers were on another emergency call, and were unable to attend immediately, but continued to investigate, and laid charges on June 18.


On May 31, with a humidex of 32 degrees, OHS officers were dispatched to rescue Elliot, a Husky-type dog. Temperatures inside the vehicle were recorded at 30 degrees and the dog was showing signs of distress. Officers removed Elliot from the vehicle. The dog was eventually released to its owner, who was charged on the spot.


The OHS reports that it has responded to 80 calls regarding dogs left in vehicles to mid-June. It expects to respond to over 300 this year - more if the cooler temperatures do not hold.


Charged in the first incident is Kelly Grady of Ottawa and in the second, Wayne Patacairk, of Arden, Ontario.


Although legally mandated to enforce animal cruelty provisions of the Criminal Code of Canada and the Ontario SPCA Act, the OHS does not receive any government funding or funding fromany animal welfare group to perform this essential work.


For media enquiries, contact:
Bruce Roney, Executive Director
Ottawa Humane Society
613-725-3166 ext. 232
245 West Hunt Club Rd.
Ottawa, ON K2E 1A6

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