July 8, 2014 1:15 pm

10-month-old Golden Retriever rescued from hot car in Vaughan

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VAUGHAN, Ont. – A 31-year-old woman has been charged after police say a young golden retriever was rescued from a hot car at a Toronto-area shopping mall on Monday.

Police say someone called 911 after seeing the 10-month-old dog in “obvious distress” in an unventilated car at the shopping plaza parking lot in Vaughan (near Highway 7 and Weston Road).

Officers were about to break the car’s windows when the owner arrived and released the animal, which police say was lethargic, panting heavily and without water.

The dog was moved to an air-conditioned police cruiser and assessed by animal control officers, who found it to be suffering from distress and dehydration and seized the animal to monitor its health.

Bei Wang of Vaughan has been charged with causing unnecessary suffering to an animal and is scheduled to appear in a Newmarket court on July 24.

Police are reminding people not to leave pets unattended in vehicles on hot days since the interiors can reach extreme temperatures and cause serious harm or death to the animal.

© The Canadian Press, 2014