Ontario SPCA

Ontario SPCA

July 05, 2016 11:00 ET

Heat Alert! Keep Pets Out of the Car This Week

NEWMARKET, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 5, 2016) - With outdoor temperatures forecasted to be over 33°C in certain parts of Ontario this week, please do your pet a favour and leave them at home where it's cool and comfortable. If you have to take your pet with you, never leave them unattended in a vehicle - no matter what!

Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot vehicle can be life-threatening. Did you know that a dog's normal body temperature is about 39°C and that a temperature of 41°C can be withstood only for a very short time before brain damage or even death can occur?

"Leaving your pet unattended in a vehicle is one of the most irresponsible things an owner can do. Leave your pet at home and if you must take your pet, make sure that someone is with it at all times," says Connie Mallory, Chief Inspector, Ontario SPCA. "During the hot summer months, let's keep everyone safe and cool."

Take the #NoHotPets pledge at nohotpets.ca to show your support and receive a free window decal. For more information on keeping your pet cool this summer, visit the Ontario SPCA blog.

If you see an animal left unattended in a vehicle, call 310-SPCA (7722) or your local police for immediate assistance.

Ontario SPCA and Humane Society:

Protecting animals since 1873, Ontario SPCA is Ontario's Animal Welfare organization. A registered charity comprised of over 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.

Ontario SPCA provides leadership in animal welfare innovations including introducing high-volume spay/neuter services to Ontario and opening the Provincial Education and Animal Centre.

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