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Pets left in parked vehicles

With the warm weather upon us, Halifax Regional Police reminds citizens to not leave pets unattended 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 back, we encourage pet owners to not leave their pets unattended in vehicles, even for a few minutes.

This afternoon, officers issued a summary offence ticket to a pet owner who had left their pets unattended in the Bedford area. 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 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 911 and take directions from the call taker.


Source: Media Release

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