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'No excuse' for leaving pets in a hot vehicle, says SPCA

Even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening
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With summer upon us, the Ontario SPCA is reminding the public about the danger of leaving pets unattended in vehicles.

“I left the window down for him” and “I wasn’t going to be gone long” are just a few of the excuses the Ontario SPCA has heard. 

There is no excuse for leaving a pet unattended in a vehicle, a press release said. 

The Ontario SPCA has a zero tolerance policy and charges will be laid if animals are found by an Ontario SPCA agent or inspector to be in distress inside a vehicle.

The Ontario SPCA is asking the public to share the dangers of leaving pets in vehicles using the hashtag #nohotpets on social media. 

You can also help make a difference by going online to to take the pledge never to leave an animal in a vehicle and to report it if you see it happen. 

Those who pledge will receive a free No Hot Pets window decal for their vehicles, while supplies last.

“People still aren’t getting the message about how dangerous it is to leave your pet unattended in a vehicle,” said Connie Mallory, chief inspector, Ontario SPCA, in the press release. 

“It’s completely unacceptable. Leave your pet at home, and if you must take your pet, make sure that someone is with it at all times.”

Businesses across the province are also getting on board with the No Hot Pets campaign and are welcoming animals into their place of business while pet owners shop. 

For a complete list of participating businesses, as well as information on how to register, visit

Parked cars can quickly reach deadly temperatures, even on relatively mild days with the car parked in the shade and the windows slightly open. 

Dogs have a limited ability to sweat, so even a short time in a hot environment can be life-threatening.

If you observe an animal suffering in the heat, phone 310-SPCA (7722) or your local police.