N.S. man charged for allegedly leaving dog in hot car

Police are asking pet owners to leave their furry friends at home while running errands this summer. (RCMP)

A 71-year-old man from Lower Sackville, N.S. is facing charges after allegedly leaving a dog in a hot car in Fall River, N.S. on Saturday.

Halifax District RCMP says at approximately 3 p.m. on June 5, police were notified of a dog in distress in a parking lot on Highway 2 in Fall River.

Police say a passer-by opened the car door and took the dog out before officers arrived.

When the owner returned to his vehicle, police issued a Summary Offence Ticket for Causing an Animal Distress under section 26(1) of the Animal Protection Act. This offence carries a fine of $697.50.

Police remind the public that on a warm day, even with the windows open, a parked vehicle quickly becomes like a furnace and creates potentially fatal conditions for pets left inside.

RCMP say you should take the following steps if you come across an animal in a vehicle that appears to be in distress:

  • Look for the owner of the car. Go to nearby stores and have the owner paged.
  • If you cannot locate the owner, call your local police and stay at the vehicle until police arrive. Do not contact police unless the animal is obviously distressed.
  • If you are unsure if an animal is in distress, call the Nova Scotia SPCA at 1-888-703-7722.
  • Follow up by filing a report with the Nova Scotia SPCA either online or by phone, and be sure to note the vehicle’s licence plate number