Heat Advisory Alert - The Ontario SPCA reminds you not to leave your pet in your car!




Newmarket, ON (September 5, 2014) – The Ontario SPCA would like to remind pet owners that high temperatures can be a serious danger to pets, and that it is an owner’s responsibility to ensure that their pet is not left in situations that can easily cause severe distress or even death.


Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open.


“Leaving your pet unattended in a vehicle is one of the most irresponsible things an owner can do, leave your pet at home and if you must take your pet make sure that someone is with it  at all times.” Ontario SPCA Chief Inspector, Connie Mallory “During this heat-wave, let’s keep everyone safe and cool.”


Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening. A dog's normal body temperature is about 39°C and a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.


If heat stroke is suspected (excessive panting and drooling, listlessness or unconsciousness) prompt veterinary medical attention is vital. In the meantime, wet the fur immediately with lukewarm to cool water, not cold water. Bring the pet into the shade and offer drinking water.


If you observe an animal suffering in the heat, contact the Ontario SPCA and it’s Communities via 310-SPCA, the police, or Crime Stoppers 1-800-222-TIPS.


Additional Information:
No Hot Pets! A video message from Ontario SPCA, York Region Police & Toronto Police Services.




Local Media Contact:
Inspector Scott Sylvia
Ontario SPCA


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Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 50 Communities.

Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so. provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.

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