How to assist emergency responders with pets in cars

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Pet owners are responsible for the safety of their animals at all times. This includes when at home and while travelling.

Every summer, the Ontario SPCA and Humane Society, hears about pets being left in vehicles during hot days. So, what are the steps you can take to assist emergency responders in these situations?

How can you be involved?
  1. Call your local police or the government of Ontario’s animal cruelty hotline, 1-833-9ANIMAL
    to make them aware of the situation. Make sure to give them such information as, is the dog panting, barking, lethargic, lying on the ground, etc.
  2. If you’re witnessing this in a parking lot, or on a street in front of a business; go inside and kindly ask a staff member to page their store and ask for the owner to come forward.
  3. Spread the word about the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles during the summer months!

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. A temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before irreparable brain damage or even death can occur.

If you have concerns for the safety of an animal, please call your local police, or the government of Ontario’s animal cruelty hotline, 1-833-9ANIMAL.