Man and woman charged under Ontario SPCA Act after leaving dog in hot car in Algonquin Provincial Park
ALGONQUIN PROVINCIAL PARK, ON (July 22, 2014) – A man and woman have been charged under the Ontario SPCA Act, after their dog was left alone in a hot car in Algonquin National Park.
On July 5, 2014, a park warden observed a Golden Retriever-type dog locked inside a car on a campsite. The park warden noted that the exterior temperature was at least 25 degrees, the car was located in direct sunlight, the four windows were down about two inches, and the animal did not have water and was panting heavily. After 15 minutes passed without the return of the dog’s owners, the Ontario SPCA was contacted.
The owners returned to their campsite approximately 35 minutes later.
Following an investigation, the Ontario SPCA has charged the animal's owners with causing distress to an animal and failing to provide the care necessary for an animal’s general welfare.
The couple is scheduled to appear in court in September.
“The Ontario SPCA reminds pet owners that it is unacceptable to leave an animal unattended in a vehicle and there is no good excuse for doing so,” says Senior Inspector Steve Toy.
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