The forecast is calling for highs hovering around 30 for much of this week, prompting a warning from the London Humane Society.
Executive Director Judy Foster is reminding pet owners that leaving pets in hot cars can be deadly and that with the way this week is shaping up, it’s best to run errands solo.
“Leave your pet at home. The temperatures that we’re expecting today and tomorrow are just going to be too hot for any pet to be left in the car. Please leave your pet at home. Remember that authorities have less than ten minutes to respond if your animal goes into distress. With the traffic, construction, lights, all of those things – we’re at a serious disadvantage to get there in time.”
While Foster says that people are starting to understand how serious this issue is and that calls have gone down, some people still aren’t getting the message.
“When we talk about a ‘serious risk’ to your pet, we’re talking about imminent death. We’re not talking about something that the pet can easily recover from, we’re talking about death.”
Just last month, a video out of Grand Bend showing a bystander smashing a car window to retrieve a distressed dog went viral.