Nova Scotia RCMP remind people to not leave pets in car in hot weather after more calls

FILE: A dog sits in a car as sunlight streams in from a sunroof. File image

High temperatures have prompted Nova Scotia RCMP to remind people yet again not to leave pets in parked cars after its Halifax detachment received at least three calls Tuesday of dogs locked in cars.

The police force took to Twitter to remind the public after receiving the calls from the Halifax area.

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Temperatures in Halifax are expected to reach a high of 28 C with a humidex making it feel more like 35.

Cpl. Jennifer Clarke told Global News people need to remember not to leave a pet in the car, even with the window open, and instead to leave them at home.

READ MORE: Nova Scotia RCMP received 69 complaints of dogs left in hot cars since June

“It’s definitely best if we leave our furry friends at home where they can get adequate shade and water and things like that,” she said.

She said in at least two of the reports on Tuesday, officers did respond but the vehicles were gone when they arrived.

RCMP do report each incident to the Nova Scotia SPCA and Clarke said they will often get their expertise if they are concerned about the animal’s welfare and would try to contact the owner.

Last month, the RCMP received 69 complaints of dogs being left in vehicles during hot days between the start of June and — as of July 12 — 15 of which were in the Halifax area.

READ MORE: What you should do if you see a dog left in a hot car

While conditions vary depending on the animal in determining if one is in distress, the SPCA has provided a list of symptoms of heatstroke in pets to watch out for. These include exaggerated panting (or sudden stopping of panting), rapid or erratic pulse, salivation, anxious or staring expression, weakness or muscle tremors, lack of co-ordination, convulsions, vomiting or collapse.

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If you come across a dog, or any animal, alone in a hot car there are steps you should follow:

  • Look for the owner of the car. Go to nearby stores and using the licence plate, have the owner paged.
  • Attempt to provide shade or water for the animal.
  • Call your local police.
  • Stay at the car until police arrive.
  • File a report with Nova Scotia SPCA online or by calling 1-888-703-7722

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