WINDSOR, Ontario — The owner of two dogs that were left for more than an hour in a locked car on Wednesday, is being charged under a Windsor city bylaw for the inhumane treatment of animals.
The two dogs were left in the car with the windows open about two inches, with a bit of water left in a coffee cup to drink.
The incident happened last Wednesday afternoon, when police officers were called around 1 p.m. to a municipal parking lot in downtown Windsor, where they found two small dogs locked in the car. The car had an SPCA sticker on the back window that read, “You won’t find any animals locked in this hot car.”
The owner of the dogs didn’t return back to his car until 2:20pm. When he returned, he said he hadn’t been gone too long.
“I was only gone for 15 minutes,” the owner said.
To which the officer replied, “I’ve been waiting here for an hour and twenty minutes.”
The owner then put the dogs on a leash and brought them into the shade and acknowledged that he had made a mistake.
One of the dogs, who appeared to be a Shih Tzu, seemed to be fine and interacted with people who stopped to check on the dogs. The other dog, who looked like a dachshund, remained curled up underneath the steering wheel and snipped at anyone who even tried to get near. The charge was a $240 fine.
The Windsor area city of Kingsville made news in June for passing a law that makes it illegal to tether a dog outside for more than 12 hours a day, and the chain or rope used must be at least three metres or longer.
The Kingsville bylaw also includes other provisions. On hot days when a dog is left in your car, officers have the right to break into your car to rescue your pet, without being liable for the damage. It’s also illegal to let dogs ride loose in the back of an open truck, Essex’s bylaw also includes this.
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