It’s not okay to leave your dog in the car during periods of extreme heat.
But what about extreme cold weather?
Global News reporter Angie Seth felt that the latter was no better than the former when she came upon a vehicle in downtown Toronto Monday that contained seven dogs.
They were in the car, which was left off and unattended, for 40 minutes before the driver returned.
Seth confronted the driver, who said “You want to sit in here? It’s warm,” before slamming the door shut and driving off.
The OSPCA’s Alison Cross stresses that extremely cold weather can be just as dangerous as extreme heat.
“You don’t ever want to put [pets] in an extreme weather situation,” Cross said. “Dogs in particular don’t always showcase when they’re in distress in a way that the average person can visually see.”
However, Toronto police spokesman Victor Kwong says that it can be difficult to determine when a dog is suffering in cold weather.
“In the winter, it is not as black and white as the summer,” he told Global News. “Different breeds deal with cold differently.”
The woman in question called The Oakley Show this morning to share her side of the story.
Angie shares her story below.