Unattended Pets in Hot Vehicles

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 Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) 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 310-SPCA (7722) or 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 shade?
  • Are the windows down?
  • About how long has the pet been left alone in the vehicle?
  • Is the pet sitting or lying down or panting?
  • How does the animal react to a knock on the window?
  • Is there water in the vehicle for the animal?