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BC SPCA urges pet owners to take a pledge not to leave pets in hot cars

Dogs left in hot cars is still a real problem in Kamloops.
July 23, 2020 - 6:00 AM

Although the summer got a bit of a rainy start, temperatures are increasing and the BC SPCA wants to remind owners not to leave their pets in hot cars

“We know that people love their pets and would never knowingly put them in danger, but many pet guardians are just unaware of how quickly their pets can suffer when left in a vehicle in warm weather,” communications general manager Lorie Chortyk said in a press release. “Even parked in the shade, with windows cracked open, the temperatures inside a vehicle can become deadly.”

Each year, the BC SPCA receives nearly 1,000 calls to rescue animals who have been left inside hot vehicles.

That's why they have put out a call to all animal lovers to sign the No Hot Pets pledge. The goal is to raise awareness about the issue and educate people on what to do when they see an animal locked in a hot car.

If the animal inside the vehicle is showing clear signs of distress, the BC SPCA recommends calling your local animal control agency, police, RCMP or the BC SPCA Call Centre at 1-855-622-7722.

Some visible signs of heat stroke include exaggerated panting, salivating, anxious or staring expression, weakness or lack of coordination, vomiting, convulsions and collapse.

If the animal doesn't appear to be in distress, note the vehicle description and licence plate number and ask managers of nearby businesses to page the owner to return to their vehicle immediately. Another option is to stay with the vehicle to monitor the situation until the owner returns. 

“The death of a pet left in a hot car is a completely preventable tragedy," Chortyk said. "By taking the BC SPCA pledge people can help us raise awareness and save lives."

To sign the pledge, click here.

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