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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 Friday, June 30, 2017 at approximately 5:07 p.m., police were contacted by a concerned member of the public after they observed a dog that appeared to be in distress inside a motor vehicle with the windows completely rolled up at a Queensway East, Simcoe, Norfolk County, Ontario address.

Police attended the address however the vehicle had left prior to officer’s arrival. The OPP is urging all pet owners to never leave any pets in their vehicles unattended.

On a day where the temperature is 26 degrees Celsius, the temperature inside a vehicle parked in the shade reaches 32 degrees Celsius. If you leave your motor vehicle in the sun the temperature can reach 71 degrees Celsius. This is extremely hot and can have devastating effects on your pet.

Dogs and cats pant to cool themselves, but this is ineffective when they are surrounded by heat. On summer days the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high temperatures that make it impossible for pets to cool themselves. Your pet will be more comfortable if left at home.

A domesticated pet is dependent on the owner for proper care such as food, shelter and water. The Criminal Code of Canada has specific sections that deal with the mistreatment of animals.

  • Cause unnecessary suffering – maximum sentence of 5 years in jail
  • Injure or endanger an animal – maximum sentence of 5 years in jail
  • Neglect an animal – maximum sentence of 2 year in jail

There is also a Norfolk County Care and Control of Animals By-Law 2014-46 that all residents need to be aware of. Anyone that leaves an animal unattended in a motor vehicle can face a fine of $490 dollars.