A man in St. Anthony was charged under the Animal Health and Protections Act after leaving a dog unattended in a hot vehicle.
On Wednesday, July 18, St. Anthony RCMP received a complaint that a dog was left unattended inside a vehicle in the town for an extended period of time. When police arrived on scene, they found a small dog left inside the vehicle without proper ventilation.
The temperature was 25 degrees at the time. Police report that the vehicle was turned off and the windows were not rolled down.
The dog’s owner was located and charged for confining the animal in an enclosed space without adequate ventilation.
This is just one of a number of recent reported incidents of animals being left inside of hot vehicles. The RCMP says it is dangerous to do so, and recommends leaving pets at home, rolling down windows or leaving the air conditioning on during short stops.
Environment Canada is reminding the public to take care, and never leave animals or people inside vehicles, as heat warnings are in effect for central and western portions of the island today. Temperatures are forecast to peak into the mid-30s in in-shore areas.