Warmer weather means more opportunities to take your pet for an outdoor excursion, but don’t leave them in your vehicle.
This from East Kootenay SPCA branch manager Christy King.
She says summer heat can make your vehicle get very hot, very quickly.
King says “dogs can only withstand high temperatures for a very short period of time. It’s really hard for them to cool down, they don’t sweat like humans do, they can only cool down by panting, so that takes a long time and it’s not easy for them.”
If you see a pet inside a vehicle that appears to be in distress you should call the BC SPCA hotline (1-855-622-7722) or RCMP.
King says it’s illegal for members of the public to break into a car to save an animal.
“It’s important to remember that members of the public are not legally allowed to break into a car to remove an animal. Only RCMP or special provincial constables of the BC SPCA can lawfully enter a vehicle.”
Being left in a hot vehicle can cause brain damage or death for dogs, even after a few minutes.
– Christy King, Branch Manager, East Kootenay SPCA