It will happen again this summer! Someone will leave their pet in their car on a hot day with the windows rolled up creating a greenhouse effect inside. Although it is commonly reported that a good Samaritan broke the car window to free the pet, this is not the first thing to consider as this may lead you to unwanted consequences. Reasonable steps must be taken before destruction of property …
If you see an animal that may be suffering from heat exhaustion, and the owner can’t be quickly located, enlist the help of a parking attendant, security guard or nearby police officer, or call the OHS at 613-725-1532.
When calling to report an animal in a hot car, please provide the following information:
It is against the law to leave a pet unattended in a parked vehicle in a manner that endangers the health or safety of the animal. Under the Ontario SPCA Act, OSPCA investigators have the authority of a police officer when enforcing those laws pertaining to animals. The Act permits the investigator to issue a written order to the owner of the animal or to take the necessary steps to relieve the animal from distress. Non-compliance of an OSPCA order may result in the animal being removed from private property (including parked vehicles). Learn more here.