‘Ottawa’ Humane Society: ‘Cars Should be Hot, Dogs Should Not!’
Agents with the Ottawa Humane Society have responded to 174 calls of dogs being left in hot cars so far this summer.
“Dogs suffer permanent injury or death when their body heat increases to the level it can in the car,” said Bruce Roney, executive director of the OHS.
The numerous reports have prompted the organization to launch the “Cars should be HOT, dogs should NOT” campaign to raise awareness for the dangers posed to them.
“Dogs don’t sweat like humans so their only way of releasing heat is through panting and if the temperature in the vehicle is too high they can’t release heat,” Roney said. “And of course, remember they’re wearing a fur coat.”
Out of the 174 calls received by the OHS, two charges related to dogs left in cars were laid under the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act. The maximum penalty under the act includes a $60,000 fine, two years in prison and a lifetime ban on owning animals.
The campaign coincides with Environment Canada issuing a heat warning on Wednesday as temperatures hit 30 C with a humidex of 40 C. Thursday will follow with scattered thunderstorms and a high of 32 C.
When asked what can be done if a dog is seen left alone in a car, Roney cites the TAN steps:
- Take information like the license plate number, location of the car and its make and model.
- Assess the situation by looking to see if the dog appears to be in distress.
- Notify authorities, including mall security, the OHS or if necessary, the Ottawa Police Service.