York Region police are reminding the public that during times of extreme heat, never leave pets or children in a parked vehicle.
The statement comes after officers responded to four calls of dogs being locked in hot cars on Monday.
Another report of a dog locked in a hot car in front of a grocery store in Georgina. Four calls this afternoon for pets locked in cars.
— York Regional Police (@YRP) July 27, 2015
Const. Andy Pattenden told Global News that in two instances, the drivers drove away before officials had arrived.
“With temperatures they way they’re going to be for the next few days, we’ll get multiple calls like this everyday for sure, ” says Pattenden.
“The message is pretty clear, on days like this in fact any day where it’s either extreme cold or extreme heat, leaving your pet locked inside of a vehicle is just a bad idea,” Pattenden said.
“The inside of the cars heat up much more quickly obviously than the outside air and causes a dangerous situation for the animals inside. So don’t do it and by all means if anyone does see an animal in distress in a vehicle please call 911.”
Owners who leave pets unattended in vehicles may face charges under the Ontario SPCA Act or the Criminal Code of Canada.