Police reminding residents that pets shouldn’t be left in vehicles

As temperatures continue to rise across the region, the DRPS has responded to another incident of a dog left alone in a hot car.

According to police, officers responded to the parking lot of a plaza on Victoria Street East in Whitby for reports a dog was in distress inside a vehicle around 12:45 p.m. on Wednesday (July 17).

“According to witnesses, the dog was in the vehicle for about an hour. The windows were rolled down about three inches,” reads a media release from police.

“Officers managed to open the vehicle without breaking a window to retrieve the dog. The owner was located a short time later and issued a ticket for causing an animal to be in distress.”

With high humidity levels expected over the next few days, police are reminding people to leave their pets at home while running errands.

According to the OSPCA, the internal temperature of a vehicle is approximately double what it is outside and these conditions are extremely dangerous for animals.

“If you witness an animal in distress in a vehicle, please contact local animal services or police,” the media release from police reads.

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