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OPP warns of dangers of leaving animals in hot cars

Officers say they've received 18 calls this summer about animals – specifically dogs – being left in vehicles.
Officers say they've received 18 calls this summer about animals – specifically dogs – being left in vehicles. MATTHIAS HIEKEL/AFP/Getty Images

The Nottawasaga OPP are warning residents about leaving their pets in hot cars after officers say they’ve received 18 calls this summer about animals – specifically dogs – being left in vehicles.

Police say they spoke with a vet who told them even if a pet is left in a vehicle for 10 minutes, a temperature of 20 C can cause an animal’s brain to swell or heatstroke. Both of the conditions can be fatal, police add.

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Officers are reminding residents to leave their pets at home on hot summer days.

Police say anyone who sees an animal that appears to be in distress in a vehicle can contact OPP at 1-888-310-1122.

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The dangers of leaving pets in hot cars
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