A 10-month-old golden retriever was rescued by police yesterday after being locked in a hot car in the City of Vaughan.

On Monday, July 7, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. York Regional Police received a 9-1-1 call from a concerned citizen regarding a dog locked in a hot car that was in obvious distress. Police attended a shopping plaza parking lot at 71 Collosus Drive, in the area of Highway 7 and Weston Road and located a 4-door Toyota Corolla it’s windows up, doors locked and the dog inside. Police confirmed that the dog was lethargic, panting heavily and had no water.

As officers were about to break the window to access the dog, the owner attended and unlocked the doors of the vehicle. The dog was placed in the back of an air conditioned police cruiser where it was assessed by Animal Control Officers. The dog showed signs of distress and dehydration. The dog was seized by Vaughan Animal Control Officers to monitor its health.

The owner of the dog, Bei WANG, 31, from the City of Vaughan, was charged with Cause Unnecessary Suffering to an Animal. She will appear in court in Newmarket on July 24, 2014.

York Regional Police would like to remind pet owners that you should not leave your pets unattended in vehicles on hot or cold days. The interior of vehicles heat up quickly and will reach temperatures exceeding the outside air. Pets can become overheated and dehydrated resulting in serious injury or death. If you see a pet in a hot car that appears to be in distress, call 9-1-1 or contact the Ontario SPCA at 310-7722.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the York Regional Police #4 District Criminal Investigations Bureau at 1-866-876-5423 ext. 7441, or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-222-TIPS, or leave an anonymous tip online at www.1800222tips.com, or text your tip to CRIMES (274637) starting with the word YORK.

Prepared by: Constable Andy Pattenden
July 8, 2014