Infrared Thermometers Donated To Windsor Police Service

A new tool for the Windsor Police Service.

Ground Effects along with Second Chance Animal Rescue, have donated 10 infrared thermometers to the police department.

The thermometers will be placed in cruisers driven by sergeants and used to check the temperature of a parked vehicle on a hot day.

Constable Andy Drouillard says the police service receives calls from concerned residents after seeing pets or young child left in a vehicle when it's hot out.

"Just over the last two weeks even we've received several calls of animals, pets that were left in vehicles that we had to respond to," says Drouillard.  "Again summer's almost here so we don't want to be receiving all these calls."     

"Dogs, cats and animals and even babies are passing away in cars that have their windows close," says President of Ground Effects, Jim Scott.  "You think you run into a store for five or six minutes it will be no problem but as the officer said the temperature is like a thermal container and it's just terrible."   

According to the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, it only takes 10 minutes for the inside of a car to reach 102 degrees on an 85 degree day.

Windsor police says if you spot an animal or a child in a parked vehicle on a hot day to call the department or the local humane society.