IMMEDIATE RELEASE - Napanee, ON (July 10, 2017) – A 57-year-old woman from Tamworth, ON has been convicted of animal cruelty under the Ontario SPCA Act after leaving her dog unattended in a hot vehicle.
Sandra Whitton pleaded guilty in a Napanee Provincial Offences Court on July 6, 2017 to permitting distress to an animal. She received a $250 fine.
On May 12, 2017, an Ontario SPCA officer responded to a call about a dog left unattended in a car in downtown Napanee. An approximately nine-year-old Shih Tzu-type dog could be seen inside the vehicle in visible distress. She was panting heavily and attempting to seek shade from the sun under the seats of the vehicle. When the dog’s owner could not be located, the officer gained entry to the vehicle and removed the dog, which survived.
“Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening,” says Bonnie Bishop, Senior Inspector, Ontario SPCA. “Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. If you can’t take your pet with you when you leave your car, leave them at home where they are safe.”
If you observe an animal suffering in the heat, call 310-SPCA (7722) or your local police.
To educate the public about the dangers of leaving pets unattended in vehicles during the summer months, the Ontario SPCA launched the 2017 No Hot Pets campaign in partnership with SPCAs and humane societies from across Canada.
Through the No Hot Pets online forum, people are asked to share the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles using the hashtag #nohotpets. Pet owners are also asked to go online to nohotpets.ca and pledge to never leave their pets in their vehicles. Those who pledge will receive a free No Hot Pets window decal for their vehicles, while supplies last.
Visit www.nothoetpets.ca for more information.
Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of close 50 communities.
Since 1919, when Ontario's first Animal Welfare legislation was proclaimed, the Ontario SPCA, with the help of its Communities, has been entrusted to maintain and enforce Animal Welfare legislation. The Act provides Ontario SPCA Agents and Inspectors with police powers to do so.
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