Ontarians reminded not to leave pets in cars on hot days


Published June 18, 2021 at 1:40 pm

Ontarians are reminded, as we approach the middle of summer, and temperatures begin to peak, not to leave their pets in their cars for extended periods of time.

Even when windows are open slightly, the temperature inside a car can quickly become hotter than outside, which can put animals at risk of serious illness and possibly death due to heat exposure—if the temperature outside is 25ºC, the temperature of the car can reach 34ºC in as little as 10 minutes, and as high as 50ºC in up to 60 minutes.

Residents are encouraged not to bring their pets with them in their cars if they can’t bring their pets with them when they arrive at their destination.

Additionally, under the Provincial Animal Welfare Services (PAWS) Act, which came into effect January 1, 2020, police, First Nations constables and provincial animal welfare inspectors are permitted to enter a vehicle to help an animal in distress—which could include damage to the vehicle, such as broken windows.

Those who witness an animal in a car that they believe to be in distress are instructed to call emergency services, not to attempt to enter the vehicle themselves.

“Animal owners have a responsibility to provide the proper care for their pets. Leaving a pet unattended in a hot car is irresponsible and can put an animal’s life in danger,” Solicitor General Sylvia Jones, said in a news release.

“It is important that we take the necessary precautions to protect our pets from the heat. I am proud that Ontario is the first jurisdiction in Canada to implement a full provincial animal welfare enforcement system to enhance animal safety and ensure strong penalties for those who commit acts of animal cruelty,” she continued.

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