Unattended Pets in Hot Vehicles
Even on a relatively mild day, temperatures in parked cars can become dangerous in a matter of minutes. Opening or lowering the windows does little or nothing to protect pets.
Under the Provincial Animal Welfare Services Act, 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.
Report an unattended pet in a hot vehicle
- If you see a dog or cat that you believe may be in trouble, ask nearby stores to page customers.
- If you believe the dog or cat is in obvious distress, dial 911 for fire or police.
When calling to report an animal in a hot car, please be prepared to answer the following questions:
- What is your name and phone number?
- What is the location, make, model and colour of the vehicle?
- Is the vehicle running?
- Is the vehicle parked in the shade?
- Are the windows down?
- About how long has the pet been left alone in the vehicle?
- Is the pet sitting, lying down, or panting?
- How does the animal react to a knock on the window?
- Is there water in the vehicle for the animal?