Pets in parked vehicles

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**** HRP Media Release

Pets in parked vehicles

With the hot weather today, 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. With warm temperatures expected in the forecast, 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 him/her 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.
  • If you know that you have to make stops where pets are not allowed, bring someone from your family household bubble along who can keep your pet company. Have them walk your dog, give him/her water or stay in the shade until you 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 490-5020 and take directions from the call taker.

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