TORONTO — The Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) is urging individuals to leave their dogs at home, after receiving 19 calls from concerned bystanders over the last two days.
With the heat rising all over Ontario, authorities are warning individuals that it is more pressing than ever to keep your dog at home and out of the hot car. Any individual who is now caught leaving their dog in the car will be fined $930. The York Region police department announced that it is, in fact, illegal to leave your pet unattended in your vehicle.
With extreme temperatures across the province soaring to the mid-30s (86 Fahrenheit), it is especially dangerous to leave your dog in the car. For a dog, a temperature of 30 degrees outside could feel like 70 degrees (158 Fahrenheit) inside a vehicle. The OSPCA received nine calls last Monday and ten calls today.
With temperatures expected to remain in the mid-30’s, it is imperative to spread awareness about the dangers of leaving dogs in hot cars. To get involved, use the hashtag #NoHotDogs on your social media with a picture of your dog. The more awareness around the issue, the higher the chance of preventing unnecessary deaths of dogs in heat. The online campaign is encouraging owners to leave their dogs at home and out of the heat this summer.