The London Humane Society is giving residents an “A+” when it comes to leaving their furry friends trapped in hot vehicles.
Executive Director Judy Foster told AM980 reports of dogs left in vehicles is “way down” this year. In the last seven days, they’ve had just four reports of the incidents.
“Four is still too many, we want to get it to zero, but we have to recognize the community for really stepping up and responding so well to the messages that animals and pets left in cars, in this kind of heat, presents an immediate threat.”
Foster says that it takes less than 10 minutes for a dog in a hot vehicle in this type of weather to be harmed.
“We become acclimatized to the temperatures. It’s harder for them to become acclimatized because of the fur coat that they were. So just because you’re not bothered by the heat as much as you were a few weeks ago, your pet is going to be affected exactly the same as earlier in the summer,” said Foster.
In the four reports over the last seven days, Foster said they were able to contact each of the owners thanks to residents taking down their licence plate numbers.
She adds that if you see a hot dog left in a vehicle, to contact to the Humane Society. If it is parked near a retail store, talk to an employee to see if they can put out an announcement.