With the dog days of summer upon us, HRM Partners in Policing remind citizens to not leave their pets unattended in parked cars.
On a hot day, even with the windows open, a parked vehicle quickly becomes like a furnace and presents potentially fatal conditions for pets left inside. With sunny weather and warm temperatures finally expected this weekend, we encourage pet owners to not leave their pets unattended in vehicles, even for a few minutes.
Yesterday, police responded to six calls about animals being left in parked vehicles in the hot sun. Fortunately, no animals were found in distress. All of these calls came from retail areas. If you can’t bear to leave your pet at home when you go shopping, consider some alternatives to leaving him/her in the car:
- Remember the drive-thru. Your pet can sit comfortably with you in your car while you wait for your meal or service. Many businesses have a drive-thru window; they are not just for fast food.
- Bring a friend. If you know that you have to make stops where pets are not allowed, bring a friend along who can keep your pet company. Have your friend walk your dog, give him/her water or stay in the shade until you return.
- Shop pet friendly. More and more stores allow pets inside. If you are unsure about a retailer’s rule on pets, just ask. Most pet stores allow you to bring your pooch with you, as do many other types of businesses. Make sure your dog is on a leash and well-behaved before you take him/her along with you.