Suns out, tongues out: $697 fine for leaving pets in cars

HRP release:

With the arrival of the hot weather, 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 are not able to leave your furry friends at home, consider some alternatives to leaving them in the vehicle:

  • Remember the drive-thru and curbside pickup. Your pet can sit comfortably with you in your car while you wait for your meal or service. Many businesses have a drive-thru window and curbside pickup options.
  • 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 them 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 them along with you.

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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