Pets in parked vehicles

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Pets in parked vehicles

With warm and sunny weather forecasted for the weekend, Halifax Regional Police reminds citizens to not leave their pets in parked vehicles.

On a warm day, even with the windows open, a parked vehicle quickly becomes like a furnace and presents potentially fatal conditions for pets left inside. When the temperatures start to climb, we encourage pet owners to not leave their pets unattended in vehicles, even for a few minutes.

If you can’t bear to leave your furry friend at home, consider some alternatives to leaving them in the vehicle:

  • Consider using a drive-thru or curbside pickup. Your pet can sit comfortably with you in your car while you wait for your meal or service.
  • It’s important to keep your pet hydrated. Depending on the length of time of your stops, consider packing water and a dish.
  • If you know that you have to make stops where pets are not allowed, bring someone from your household bubble along who can keep your pet company. Your pet minder can give your dog water, take them for a short walk or find a shady spot to wait for your return.

Also, as a reminder, a summary offence ticket for leaving an animal unattended in a motor vehicle in conditions that could cause distress carries a fine of $697.50.

If you see a pet in immediate distress, call 902-490-5020 and take directions from the call taker.

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