As summer approaches, the Ontario Provincial Police would like to remind residents to not leave pets inside parked vehicles.
Parked vehicles can increase in temperature very quickly in the summer, even on a mild day if the car is parked in the shade.
Due to a limited ability to sweat, dogs can develop serious medical complications if left inside a hot vehicle.
If someone sees a pet in distress, they are asked to call the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) at 310-SPCA (7722) or the OPP at 1-888-310-1122.
The OPP says that after making the call, the person should stay and monitor the scene until officers arrive.
Pet owners caught leaving pets in parked vehicles can be charged under the Ontario SPCA Act or the Criminal Code of Canada.