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(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) – The Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Norfolk County Detachment want to remind all pet owners to never leave your pet unattended in a hot motor vehicle.

On Sunday, July 30, 2017 at approximately 4:22 p.m., police were contacted by concerned members of the public after they observed two (2) dogs inside a motor vehicle located in the Walmart parking lot of Simcoe, Ontario.

Officers attended the area and subsequently located the vehicle.

As a result of the investigation, police charged 71-year-old Franklin GIBBONS of South Hampton, Ontario with leave animal unattended in a motor vehicle, contrary to Norfolk County Care and Control of Animals By-Law 2014-46.

He was subsequently issued a Provincial Offences Notice.

“If you see an animal in a vehicle on a warm or humid day who you believe may be in distress, gather as much information as you can. Obtain the make, model and licence plate of the vehicle, and immediately enter the store and have the owner paged and contact police.” – Constable Ed Sanchuk, Norfolk County OPP Detachment.