TORONTO — Barrie police are warning the public after three separate incidents of dogs being left in hot cars were reported by concerned citizens on Sunday.
Police responded to a call from a Walmart parking lot at 35 Mapleview Dr. W just after noon and found two small poodles in a car with the windows cracked and a bowl of water.
Officers spoke with the owner and advised that due to the heat and humidity, dogs should be left at home in the future.
A second incident where a dog was left in a hot car occurred at the Canadian Tire parking lot at 320 Bayfield St. just before 1 p.m., but when police arrived the vehicle was already gone.
Officers also responded to a Costco parking lot at 41 Mapleview Dr. E minutes later for another call of a dog left in a hot car, but that vehicle had also left the scene when they arrived.
All three incidents involved concerned members of the public reporting the animals in distress to police.
Police are reminding the public to leave pets at home with air conditioning and water, as it’s easy to forget they are affected by extreme weather as well.
“If you’re going to be out and you know you’re going to be out for some time, leave your pets at home or find someone to look after your pets because a vehicle gets pretty hot pretty fast and even more so if it’s parked in the sun,” said Barrie police Const. Angie Butler.
“And even though the window’s cracked and you may have water in there for your animal, it gets really hot and that heat can affect animals just as fast as it can affect us.”