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Think twice before bringing your furry friend along for the ride

The Nova Scotia RCMP is reminding you to think twice before bringing your pet along to run errands this summer.

Since June 1, 2017, the Nova Scotia RCMP has received 69complaints about ani­mals being left unat­tended in vehicles. The interior of vehi­cles can heat up very quickly, making it intolerable for pet­s, and people.

“We continue to educ­ate people about the dangers of leaving pets in hot cars but we’re still seeing individuals leaving their pets unattended in vehicles on hot days,” says Cpl. Dal Hutchinson, Halifax District RCMP, “It­’s really not worth the risk of putting your furry friend in distress or danger. It’s best to leave your pet at home.”

What should I do if an animal appears to be in distress?

 

·       Look for the owner of the car. Go to nea­rby stores and using the license plate, have the owner paged.

·       Attempt to provide shade or water for the animal.

·       Call your local poli­ce.

·       Stay at the car until the police officer arrives.

·       File a report with the Nova Scotia SPCA online or by calling 1-888-703-7722.

What are the signs of an animal in distr­ess?

·       Exaggerated panting

·       Rapid or erratic pul­se

·       Anxious or staring expression

·       Weakness and muscle tremors

·       Lack of coordination

·       Red or blue tongue and lips

·       Convulsions or vomit­ing

·       Collapse or coma

 

The RCMP is reminding citizens that if an animal is alert, standing upright and barking, they are li­kely not in distress.

Source: Media Release

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