On Wednesday, police rescued two dogs that were left behind in hot vehicles.
How do you think we felt being called twice today for dogs in vehicles? We feel frustrated, angry, sad, worried…mostly thankful someone called us! Temps were clocked at 35 and 39 degrees for these poor guys!!!! #BehindTheYellowStripe #ThisIsWhatWeDo #LeaveYourPetsAtHome pic.twitter.com/bb2s0kBUSR
— Squamish RCMP (@SquamishRCMP) June 13, 2019
“How do you think we felt being called twice today for dogs in vehicles?” reads their tweet.
“We feel frustrated, angry, sad, worried…mostly thankful someone called us!”
Police mentioned that temperatures inside these vehicles hit 35°C and 39°C respectively.
Many might think that a few minutes in the vehicle won’t be a big deal, but for a dog, “minutes is all it takes for them to feel the life-threatening effects of a hot car”.
Here are some things to keep in mind when it comes to leaving pets in a hot car:
- Dogs can’t release heat by sweating
- It gets incredibly warm in the vehicle – and your dogs definitely feel it
- Leaving the A/C on with the dog in the car is still a bad idea
If you do see an animal in distress in a parked vehicle:
- Note the license plate, vehicle colour, make and model and ask managers of nearby businesses to page the owner to return to their vehicle immediately;
- If the animal is in distress, call your local animal control agency, police, RCMP or the BC SPCA hotline at 1-855-622-7722 as soon as possible. The call centre is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturdays and Sunday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Emergencies outside of those hours should be reported to your local police department or RCMP.