North Vancouver RCMP is warning people to not leave their pets in their vehicles.
North Vancouver RCMP recently received their first complaint this year of a pet dog that was left in a hot vehicle.
“Please don’t do this. If a pet is in distress, we’ll rescue it and you’ll be headed to an auto glass repair shop,” police said.
Only RCMP, local police, and BC SPCA Special Constables have the authority to enter a vehicle lawfully to help a pet in distress, according to BC SPCA.
BC SPCA is reminding citizens that they will be putting themselves at risk if they break a glass window open to rescue a pet.
“While most people mean well when they say they’d be willing to break a glass window to get an animal out of a roasting vehicle, it’s strongly recommended you don’t,” BC SPCA said.
SPCA said it doesn’t take long to put a pet in a harmful situation when left in a vehicle on a warm or hot day.
“For a dog, though, harmful, and even life-threatening effects can occur in a short time in a hot car. Dogs can’t release heat by sweating, as humans do, so their internal body temperature rises more quickly,” SPCA said.
Some dogs, including senior pets and those with flatter faces, experience even more challenges in hot weather.