VANCOUVER – It can only take a few minutes for the air inside a car on a hot day to heat up to a level that can seriously harm, or even kill, a pet.
On Monday, Curtis Clarke was out and about in Victoria when he saw two dogs inside a vehicle parked on Discovery Street.
Officials from the city were alerted, they determined the dogs were in distress and called the Victoria Police.
When police responded they used sledgehammers to bust out the windows and free the dogs.
Clarke says the vehicle and dog owner arrived a short time later, saying he had left the dogs in the car for about an hour.
The dogs are expected to be OK.
Victoria Police have not responded to a request for comment, but Clarke says it looks like the owner was issued a ticket.
According to the BC SPCA, “on summer days the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high temperatures that make it impossible for pets to cool themselves.”
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