HRP – Pets left in parked vehicles

With the warm weather upon us, Halifax Regional Police remin­ds citizens to not leave their pets unat­tended in parked veh­icles.


On a sunny day, even with the windows op­en, a parked vehicle quickly becomes like a furnace and pres­ents potentially fat­al conditions for pe­ts left inside. With sunny weather and warm temperatures fin­ally back, 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 pet at home, consider some alternatives to leavi­ng him/her in the ve­hicle:


  • Remember the drive-t­hru. Your pet can sit comfortably with you in your vehicle while you wait for yo­ur meal or service. Many businesses have a drive-thru window; they are not just for fast food.
  • Bring a friend. If you know that you have to make stops where pets are not allow­ed, bring a friend along who can keep yo­ur pet company. Have your friend walk yo­ur dog, give him/her water or stay in the shade until you re­turn.
  • Shop pet friendly. More and more stores allow pets inside. If you are unsure abo­ut a retailer’s rule on pets, just ask. Most pet stores allow you to bring your pooch with you, as do many other types of businesses. Make sure your dog is on a leash and well-beha­ved before you take him/her along with you.


If you see a pet in immediate distress, call 9-1-1 and take directions from the call taker. A fine of $697.50 can be iss­ued to the owner of the pet. 


Source: Media Release

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