OPP: Even "Just a Minute" is One Minute Too Long for Pets in Cars!


(COLLINGWOOD AND THE BLUE MOUNTAINS, ONTARIO) With the summer season comes warmer weather and officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) would like to remind residents and visitors to the area not to leave their pets unattended in parked cars.

   Be mindful that parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat; even a short time in a hot environment can cause serious medical distress or even death. 

      Officers from the Collingwood and The Blue Mountains OPP would like to remind pet owners that not only could it be fatal for your pet but it can also result in a charge being laid under the local by-law, OSPCA Act or Criminal Code of Canada.

     If you witness a dog left in a car that appears to be in distress, you are asked to call the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals at 310-SPCA (7722) or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122 or the by-law department in your area. Continue to monitor the situation and await arrival of officers.


PC Martin Hachey


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