(NORFOLK COUNTY, ON) - On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, at approximately 5:01 p.m., the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), Norfolk County Detachment responded to an animal complaint at a Simcoe, Norfolk County address.
It was determined that a dog owner was running several errands when they returned home to their residence and forgot about their family pet in their vehicle. Upon realizing that their dog was not in the house the owner returned to the vehicle and located their dog deceased in the back seat.
On a day where the temperature is 26 degrees Celsius, the temperature inside a vehicle parked in the shade reaches 32 degrees Celsius. If you leave your motor vehicle in the sun the temperature can reach 71 degrees Celsius. This is extremely hot and can have devastating effects on your pet.
Dogs and cats pant to cool themselves, but this is ineffective when they are surrounded by heat. On summer days the air and upholstery in your vehicle can heat up to high temperatures that make it impossible for pets to cool themselves.
The OPP is urging all pet owners to leave their animals at home or with a trusted family member or friend so they can stay in a cool comfortable place.
The investigation is continuing and charges are pending. Updates will be provided when they become available.